Monday, November 11 2019 15:30
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Lavrov: Final settlement of the Karabakh conflict should be  acceptable for Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan

Lavrov: Final settlement of the Karabakh conflict should be  acceptable for Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan

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.

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