ArmInfo. Achievements and challenges in the process of state building in Artsakh, as well as prospects for overcoming existing problems and establishing lasting peace in the South Caucasus region, NKR Foreign Minister Masis Mayilyan presented during a speech on the topic "International recognition of the Republic of Artsakh as a guarantee of stability and peace in the region" at the Cooperation for Justice and Peace Forum of Artsakh Friends, in Stepanakert,.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in particular, noted that the proclamation of the republic and the adoption of the Declaration of State Independence passed in full compliance with international law and the national legislation in force at that time. "Artsakh was entitled to create an independent state in order to exercise the right to self-determination and with the right to protection in conditions of systematic discrimination, massive violations of human rights and ethnic cleansing carried out by Azerbaijan," the NKR Foreign Minister said.
Masis Mayilyan noted that for a long time the prevailing opinion was that the peace agreement with Azerbaijan would open the way to international recognition of Artsakh. However, he continued, from the very beginning the peace process faced an insurmountable obstacle - Azerbaijan's unwillingness to abandon the logic of confrontation, which led to the need to intensify efforts aimed at international recognition of the republic.
The Minister expressed confidence that in this situation, the international recognition of Artsakh will ensure the irreversibility of the peace process and will become an incentive for the final resolution of the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict through negotiations. "Moreover, the international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh will allow, in addition to hard power or military means, to use soft power, that is, political and diplomatic tools to ensure security. It is also important to recognize Artsakh in terms of protecting human rights, and the need to reduce the impact of the conflict on the daily lives of citizens Artsakh is an imperative of the time, "said the head of the Artsakh Foreign Ministry. In this context, Masis Mayilian emphasized that the people of Artsakh should not be infringed on their rights or limited in the realization of their potential only because they live in an unrecognized country.
In his speech, the head of the foreign ministry expressed gratitude to the friends of Artsakh for supporting the people of the republic in their quest for freedom and justice and for promoting the development of international relations of Artsakh. Mayilyan noted that the forum will be a signal to the international community about the inadmissibility of isolating Artsakh and depriving its citizens of international cooperation opportunities.