Arrived in Boston, the Armenian Foreign Minister visited the "Park
of Armenian Heritage" where the construction of a memorial for the
victims of the Armenian genocide will end next year.

On September 27, Edward Nalbandyan held a long speech concerning the
Armenian foreign policy in The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy of
Tufts University.

Nalbandyan noted in his speech that for 11 years, about 150 Armenian
diplomats, officials, NGO representatives have had the possibility
to attend courses at the Fletcher School.

The Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs dwelt on issues of the
foreign policy of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh issue as well as the
Armenian and Turkish relations.

His speech was followed by numerous questions.

Dwelling on Karabakh's entering in Soviet Azerbaijan's composition,
Edward Nalbandyan said that Lenin-Kemal arrangements are not mentioned
anywhere which were the ground for a number of issues in the South
Caucasus which are still unsolved.

In answer to the affirmation that Azerbaijan claims that it agrees with
the updated version of the principles of Madrid, while Armenia refuses
them, Edward Nalbandyan said that in 2007 the co-chairs presented to
the sides the principles of Madrid, then there have been a number of
working proposals based on this document. The last version of the
principles of Madrid was presented in June in St. Petersburg and
Armenia accepted it as the basis of the negotiations. Azerbaijan
refuses both the first and the second versions. Azerbaijan stated
that it can accept the updated version only with some reservations.

Dwelling on the often cease-fire breaches by the Azerbaijani party,
Edward Nalbandyan said that Azerbaijan has been breaking the
cease-fire regime for 15 years. According to him, Azerbaijan does
not fulfill its commitments set by May 12, 1994 cease-fire agreement
between Azerbaijan, Karabakh and Armenia, as well as February 4, 1995
strengthening of the truce. The Armenian FM says such a behavior is
evident not to create favorable conditions for the settlement process.

From: A. Papazian