Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan: Artsakh should follow the example of Palestine

Anna Nazaryan

The UN General Assembly voted yesterday to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations. Armenian and Azerbaijan voted in favour of the resolution.

Political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan considers Artsakh should follow the example of Palestine. According to him, we must take note of the fact that the world is moving along the path of recognition of independence of states on the basis of the right to self-determination.

“The UN has raised the status of Palestine in the organization. It is now an observer-state, which is the first  stage of recognition. Palestinians got what they were expecting from the United Nations. They wanted birth certificates for their citizens from the UN. It should become the main task of our diplomacy to study these international precedents and use them as a political factor in the negotiations ,” he said.

Political scientist Alexander Markarov does not share the opinion that Artsakh should follow the example of Palestine. “There are certain differences here. We should remember that there a UN decision on the formation of the Israeli and Palestinian States, which dates back to 1940s and today we deal with a process that leads to the formation of the State of Palestine,” Markarov said.

Hrant Melik Shahnazaryan says that Yerevan and Stepanakert should be courageous also as regards the opening of Stepanakert Airport. He does not support the passive stance of Armenia and Artsakh  to please the international community.

As for the visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to the region, Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said it was unproductive.

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