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Hovik Abrahamyan: Azerbaijan distorts the essence of the Karabakh conflict

As part of the visit to Belgium, Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan had a meeting with Sabine de Bethune, Chairwoman of the Belgian Senate and André Frédéric, Chairman of the Chamber of Representatives.

The interlocutors attached importance to the intensification of parliamentary cooperation, including the reciprocal visits of members of Deputy Friendship Groups. Special attention was attached to the close cooperation within Parliamentary Assemblies of international organizations.

Touching upon the reforms implemented in Armenia, Hovik Abrahamyan assured that irrespective of the problems and challenges existing in the region, Armenia has chosen the democratic path of state-building. “Armenia is resolute to continue the deep and comprehensive reforms in compliance with European standards. European integration is one of the pillars of both domestic reforms and foreign policy agenda,” he said.

Speaking about the process of settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the Speaker noted that the position of the Armenian side is based on three internationally accepted principles – the non-use of force or the threat of force, the right of peoples to self-determination and territorial integrity.

“Azerbaijan continuously hinders the process, building its policy on only one of the principles, i.e. territorial integrity,” he said, adding that this leaves no room to speak about mutual concessions.

Hovik Abrahamyan noted that while distorting the essence and the true reasons of its consequences, Azerbaijan also takes steps involve international other international organizations in the settlement process, thus attempting to frustrate the negotiations, which is completely unacceptable.

Vice-President of the Senate Armand de Decker objectively assessed the steps taken by Armenia and international community towards the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, expressing confidence that the issues would be solved exceptionally in compliance with international norms and principles.

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