We should speak about borders, not territories – David Babayan

Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan touched upon very important issues and voiced quite realistic assessments of Azerbaijan’s policy in his address to the UN General Assembly, says David Babayan, Spokesman for Artsakh President.

Babayan said “Azerbaijan’s policy is a threat not only to Armenia and Artsakh, but also to the whole civilized world.” He attached special importance to President Sargsyan’s statement that “Artsakh should not enjoy a status and liberty that might be inferior to the one it enjoys today.”

According to David Babayan, the recognition of the independent status of Nagorno Karabakh by Azerbaijan is an important element, which is not subject to any speculation.”

“In general, the President sent very importance to Azerbaijan, the mediating countries and the international community at large,” David Babayan said.

As for the recognition of the right of Artsakh’s people to self-determination by the international community, the Spokesperson said “the recognition of countries includes not only legal and moral elements, but also geopolitical ones.”

“Therefore, if we don’t take this into consideration, we start making a more emotional analysis. The matter is that the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict is one of the most complex ones, and here we see disagreements among the international community towards the phenomenon of unrecognized states. There has been no common approach on how they should treat such countries. Should they be recognized or not? How much time should they be given? There is no formula for settling the issue,” he said.

“Kosovo has been recognized by the West. Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been recognized by Russia, Northern Cyprus – by Turkey, but we lack a common formula. The formula lies in national interests and geopolitical imperative,՞David Babayan said.

As for Artsakh, he said “it’s a de facto recognized countries, and de jure recognition is just a matter of time.” However, he said, the recognition cannot take place at the cost of Artsakh’s security.

David Babayan stressed that “there cannot be return to the past borders and the past status. “The borders of the former Autonomous Region of Nagorno Karabakh and the borders of 1991 are unable to guarantee our security. With such borders we will be vulnerable and attractive to aggressors. Therefore, the issue should be settled so as to avoid leading to worse results.”

“We should not speak about territories. What we have to talk about is the correction of borders. Who says we have to return territories? We also have territorial demands. Therefore, we must speak about borders,” David Babayan stated.

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