ArmInfo. Yerevan and Stepanakert are working closely together to ensure coordination, and in the case of Artsakh, to strengthen a sense of participation in the negotiations and the peace process. Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in an interview with Artsakh public television touching on the issue that the visits of the Armenian minister to Stepanakert after negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group have already become a tradition.
"It is very important for us to compare and evaluate the fundamental approaches expressed by the Artsakh authorities and which are based on the mandate given by the people of Nagorno-Karabakh," the Armenian minister said, recalling that the Artsakh authorities are endowed with the mandate given by the Artsakh people, and the Armenian authorities - with the given Armenian people.
On clarification, does this mean that plans to return Artsakh to the negotiating table are unchanged, the Armenian Foreign Minister stressed that this is an important and fundamental issue for Yerevan.
"If we really focus on an effective negotiation process, from the point of view of ensuring the direct effectiveness of this process, Artsakh's participation is a practical task. This in no way reduces Armenia's responsibility and obligations in this process, but provides much more clear effectiveness for real progress in peace process, "Mnatsakanyan assured.
At the same time, agreeing to the protracted nature of the conflict, the Armenian minister positively assessed the fact that, despite this, both Armenia and Artsakh were committed to its exclusively peaceful resolution, eliminating any new threat to the security of the people of Artsakh.
Recalling the constant threats emanating from Azerbaijan, manifested in Armenian-phobic politics, maximalism, maximalist approaches in the negotiation process, and its more extreme manifestation, which the international community witnessed in April 2016, the Armenian Foreign Minister emphasized that all this is a constant reminder of that the threat is real, it exists. "The dominance of the security component is more than expressed, regardless of what period it refers to. The threat, unfortunately, remains an extremely obvious factor. And for us security is one of the priority tasks. At the same time, for us, Artsakh's right to self-determination and the right to a free life is among the key priorities. In this context, we will continue to work within the framework of the peace process, continue negotiations with the opposite side under the auspices of the co-chairs, "the minister added.
Touching upon the issue of international isolation of the people of Artsakh, Mnatsakanyan indicated the unacceptability and injustice of isolation, the denial of rights for this people. At the same time, he stated that people in Artsakh exercise their numerous rights - from basic, fundamental human rights, the right to life, up to the right to live peacefully, the realization of personal, socio-economic rights.
"And regardless of status, regardless of the reality in which it is expressed in international relations, the people consist of real individuals, and these real individuals cannot be rejected in any way from the point of view in the context of realizing these rights. For us, this is a matter of principle, and we continue to solve this problem on various international platforms, raise this problem and seek a solution to this issue, "said the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. At the same time, he emphasized that during the negotiation process there cannot be a situation where the security of the people of Artsakh, the security of the person living in Artsakh, and the manifestations of fundamental rights - strting from protecting the right to life to ensuring the expression of the right to collective self determination.
In conclusion, Mnatsakanyan added that the recent republican elections in Nagorno-Karabakh are vivid evidence that the people of Artsakh are realizing their right to self-determination with all seriousness and responsibility, on the basis of democratic principles and norms.