ArmInfo. The "velvet revolution" in Armenia was away from geopolitical landmarks and the best proof of this is that Yerevan did not take foreign policy steps to change the balance of global forces, guided by building relations with all countries on the basis of the principle of sovereignty. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mntsakanyan stated on August 27 at the annual meeting of the heads of the central apparatus and bodies of the foreign diplomatic service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
"Armenia, both in the matter of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and in building interaction with global external forces, is guided by the goals of preserving regional peace and security. Preserving and strengthening peace and security in the South Caucasus proceeds from the interests of all the peoples of the region," said the Armenian Minister, adding that "we were eyewitnesses of the grave consequences of the collapse of the security system in neighboring regions," for the peoples, economies and statehoods of the countries of these regions.
According to him, maintaining the military-political balance is a necessary element of ensuring peace and security of our region and Armenia is making consistent efforts in this direction. At the same time, the Armenian Foreign Minister emphasized that Azerbaijan's attempts to disrupt this balance, which to this day have included also the use of force are a threat to regional peace and security. Mnatsakanyan recalled that Armenia favors a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, however, it cannot accept the obvious or hidden use of force or an encroachment on the ceasefire by Azerbaijan. "In conditions of tension, Azerbaijan's negotiating efforts hinder the formation of an atmosphere conducive to peace and therefore do not contribute to finding a long-term solution to the conflict," the Armenian Foreign Minister said, recalling that Azerbaijan with its long-lasting Armenian- phobic policy continues to be a threat to the peaceful existence of the people of Artsakh. At the same time, the chief diplomat of Armenia assured that there are no alternatives to peace and RA and Artsakh are strong enough to ensure peace. He also stated that Armenia highly appreciates mediation efforts of the mediation missions of the OSCE Minsk Group on finding a way out of the conflict and ensuring regional peace. The Armenian minister once again reminded that Armenia clearly formulated its approaches and principles for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. In this regard, he recalled the clear messages of the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent during his speeches on Renaissance Square in Stepanakert and at a meeting of the Security Council of the Republic of Armenia. "In the Karabakh conflict, security and status issues are of priority importance. Armenia cannot go to such a resolution of the conflict that would jeopardize the security of the people of Artsakh and limit the scope for the realization of the right to self-determination. The right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination and inalienable human rights applicable under any conditions also envisage free expression of will, which in turn presupposes the free conduct of electoral processes in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the practical involvement of the authorities, formed on basis of these elections into the negotiation process. If Azerbaijan is sincerely interested in resolving the conflict, it should be equally interested in holding talks with the elected authorities of Artsakh, "the Armenian Foreign Minister is convinced.