Restoring full negotiation process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group important – Armenian PM

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says the full negotiation process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship should resume.

The Prime Minister discussed the issue with Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan ahead of the anniversary of the end of the 44-day war.

“It is important to analyze the work done in this period and assess the situation,” PM Pashinyan said as he welcomed President Harutyunyan at his residence in Yerevan.

“During this period, the Government of Artsakh, together with the Government of the Republic of Armenia, managed to carry out very concrete work to restore normal life in Artsakh. Of course, we do not consider what has been done to be satisfactory, and we should, of course, continue to work in that direction, replacing the purely assistance programs with development projects,” he added.

PM Pashinyan attached importance to holding discussions on the vision of settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

“We consider it necessary to resume the full negotiation process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship, where, as the Co-Chairs have repeatedly emphasized, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be solved finally and comprehensively on the basis of well-known principles, including the right of nations to self-determination, and the status of Nagorno Karabakh should be determined,” the Prime Minister added.

He noted that all these issues are permanently on the joint working agenda.

President Arayik Harutyunyan, in turn, attached importance to the fact that over the past year there has been no deviation from the path of political settlement to the Artsakh issue, and the right to self-determination remains top agenda.

“International players, including the OSCE Minsk Group, continue to act as mediators, and the agenda is based on the right of nations to self-determination,” he added.

He informed that in just a few days, by the end of the year, at least 300 apartments in Stepanakert will be put into operation.

“We are talking about newly built apartments. Of course, part of it is the construction that started before the war, but we have also managed to lay the foundations of thousands of apartments, and by the end of next year we will have completed at least 2,500-3,000 apartments,” the President noted.

He voiced confidence that the remaining infrastructure and social issues would also be solved within 2-3 years.

President Harutyunyan expressed gratitude for envisaging a large amount of money for Artsakh in the State Budget for FY2022.  

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