No return to past, Artsakh President says

To achieve progress in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, it’s first necessary to restore the full format of  talks, Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan said in an interview with Regnum Agency.

“The resolution of the conflict is simply impossible without our participation as a full party. The fact is accepted by international mediators, e.g. the Minsk Group Co-Chairs. We are ready to hold direct negotiations with Azerbaijan and  discuss any issues, and we have declared this on many occasions,” Bako Sahakyan said.

“Status and security are two key political aspects of settlement. All other questions are derivatives. There no way back. Artsakh will never be part of Azerbaijan. This is excluded. Ensuring security to Nagorno Karabakh in all dimensions cannot be questioned, either. As to other questions, we are ready to discuss them with Azerbaijan. I believe this is a constructive stance based on existing realities,” the President said.

“Like any citizen in my country, I’m confident of the bright future of Artsakh. We’ll do our best to have strong, democratic, social and dynamically developing country, which will find its rightful place in the civilized world,” Bako Sahakyan said.

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