A number of political forces in Karabakh have called for participation of this unrecognized Armenian republic in the negotiating process currently conducted between Armenia and Azerbaijan and warned against “jeopardizing” the security of the people living in the area.
In a joint statement issued on Thursday, eight political parties, among them four represented in the unrecognized state’s parliament, said that “the ouster of Karabakh from the negotiating process, the actual disregard of its statehood and the manifestations of discriminative approaches towards the resolution of the conflict at the current stage doom the efforts in the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict settlement to failure.”
The statement presented by representative of the Karabakh Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) David Ishkhanian also says:
“We reiterate our demand – to respect the right to self-determination of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, to secure Nagorno-Karabakh’s participation in the conflict settlement process as a full party, not to jeopardize the security of Nagorno-Karabakh’s people, the main guarantee of which is the independent statehood of Nagorno-Karabakh and territorial integrity consolidated by the Nagorno-Karabakh constitution.”
The statement of the Karabakh political parties comes on the eve of President Serzh Sarkisian’s visit to Russian capital Moscow where the Armenian leader is due to continue internationally mediated talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliev.