The Foreign Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh issued a statement on Wednesday calling for ‘resetting’ the current negotiating process that it describes as ‘distorted’.
“The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic stance on the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict settlement remains unchanged. It is impossible to achieve the conflict settlement, ignoring the existing reality. Any attempts to return the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to the past are not only counterproductive, but are also fraught with new escalation of the conflict,” the ministry said, insisting that “real progress in the negotiations is possible only with the Karabakh party’s equal participation in all the stages of the negotiation process.”
“No agreement regarding the interests, fate, and future of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic can be adopted without the participation of its people and leadership, which bears the principal responsibility for it,” the ministry underscored.
The ministry also hopes that “all the actors interested in the peaceful settlement of the conflict will prevent any violation of the status-quo in the region.”
“We consider it required to reset the distorted negotiation process, to return the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to the negotiation table as an equal party and to transform the basic principles of the settlement,” it concludes.