ArmInfo. Both the people of Artsakh and the people of Crimea have the right to implement the principle of the right of peoples to self-determination, and the double principles are unacceptable here. The former vice-speaker of the Armenian parliament, Eduard Sharmazanov, stated this on March 29 in Yerevan at the international scientific-practical conference "The Right of Nations to Self-Determination in Modern International Practice: Opportunities and Challenges".
At the same time, he stressed that the theme of the conference being held is more relevant than ever, since the right of peoples to self-determination is one of the fundamental principles of international law.
The Armenian politician also expressed regret with the fact that at one time the Soviet party leadership often ignored this right, as happened, for example, in the case of Nagorno-Karabakh. In this regard, he stated that Artsakh had once held a referendum in accordance with the USSR Constitution and was self- determined. "For the past 30 years, the history of my people has been connected with the struggle for independence and self-determination. In this connection, I would like to emphasize once again that both the people of Artsakh and the people of Crimea have the right to implement the principle of the right of peoples to self-determination, and the double principles are unacceptable here", said Sharmazanov, adding that the international community should recognize Artsakh's right to self-determination. Sharmazanov also expressed the conviction that the event being held is a clear indication that there is no alternative to the Armenian-Russian allied relations. To note, the event was organized by the Armenian branch of the Friends of Crimea International Association, the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Yerevan, the Autonomous Institution of the Business and Cultural Center Crimea with the participation of the Branch of Moscow State University in Yerevan, the NGO Association of Regional Scientific and Educational Centers >.