ArmInfo. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan expressed surprise at the allegations that the principle of self-determination of peoples has been relegated to the background.
So, on February 24, during a joint press conference with Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, answering the corresponding question, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan emphasized that the realization of the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination has been and remains on the agenda for resolving the conflict.
In this regard, Mnatsakanyan recalled that this issue has never faded into the background, because it is in the complex of inalienable principles for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, and for a clear example I read part of his speech at the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava, which emphasizes: "The inalienable right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination is a fundamental principle and the basis for a peaceful settlement. Recognition of this principle implies that determining the final status of Artsakh cannot be subject to any restrictions, which must be clearly and unequivocally accepted. The term indicates the right of the people Artsakh determine its status with all jurisdiction, administration and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The long-term hostile policy of Azerbaijan and the actions arising from it create so for the people of Artsakh existential threat to physical safety. "
Mnatsakanyan recalled that he said this two months ago in Bratislava not for the first, and not the last time. "This is an important element of our approach to the settlement, it cannot be called into question and it cannot be assumed that security and status can be separated," the Foreign Minister said. Touching upon the meeting between Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Munich, as well as the voiced Munich principles, the Armenian Minister stated that the principles voiced during this meeting comprehensively reflect what Yerevan has been talking about for a long time. According to him, the Munich principles are designed to complement Yerevan's position on the conflict, and are not new. He recalled the commitment of Yerevan to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, the importance of fulfilling the agreements reached at the leadership level of the two countries. According to Mnatsakanyan, the maximalist position of Azerbaijan on the settlement, including regarding the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination, does not contribute to the settlement of the conflict.
"We stand for achieving a mutually acceptable solution to the conflict, based on compromises. There will be no unilateral concessions. For us, the security of our citizens remains the most important principle," Mnatsakanyan said. He also positively assessed the format of the meeting Aliyev-Pashinyan, expressing satisfaction with the openness of the Armenian society, and the ability to conduct public discussions on this issue.