ArmInfo. The final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be acceptable for Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, which was also stated at today's meeting by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced this on November 11 at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.
Thus, referring to the return of Artsakh to the negotiating table to resolve the conflict, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that the parties themselves agree on the format as well as the composition. In this context, he recalled that at the initial stage, Nagorno-Karabakh participated in the negotiations, but at some point one of the previous Armenian presidents decided that Yerevan would represent the interests of Karabakh. "In any case, we, as members of a group of co-chairs, promoting this process, ensure that it goes along the lines of general agreement. And it is clear to everyone that without the consent of the people, the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, it will be impossible to finalize agreements. Armenia simply will not sign them. It is on this very principle that we will move, "Lavrov emphasized.
At the same time, he noted that at the meeting today, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan mentioned his public statement that the final agreements should take into consideration the interests of Armenia, Karabakh and Azerbaijan. "It's hard to argue with that," said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Speaking about the principles of the Karabakh conflict settlement, Lavrov once again emphasized the need take into consideration the interests of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. According to him, the principles of territorial integrity, the right of peoples to self-determination and peaceful settlement are enshrined in all the options that are being discussed between the parties. "The final decision must take into consideration all principles. This is not the subject of discussion. The remaining issues are already negotiable. The art of diplomacy is a compromise. We, as co-chairs, try to ensure that the compromises are honest and reflect a real balance of interests," Lavrov concluded.