Edward Nalbandian: Self-determination of the people of Artsakh a matter of security

Nagorno Karabakh’s right for self-determination is important not only from the viewpoint of international law, the factor of security also plays an important role here, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said at a joint press conference with theUKMinister for Europe David Lidington.

“The people of Karabakh cannot feel safe in a country, where during sniper classes the servicemen shoot at a target with the word “Armenian” written on the forehead. The population of Artsakh cannot feel secure in a country, where killers like Safarov are treated as an etalon for policemen,” the Minister added.

“Security has been an important factor for peoples, which realized the right for self-determination in the recent years,” Edward Nalbandian said.

Asked to comment whether his country treats the right of peoples to self-determination as a priority only when it meets the interested of the UK, for example Kosovo and the Falkland Islands, Minister Lidington said “Kosovo’s future was outlined in UN resolution, while Karabakh’s right for self-determination is specified by OSCE Minsk Group principles.”

He said, however, that the Karabakh issue can only be solved through a comprehensive approach by taking into consideration other principles as well.

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