YEREVAN, MARCH 9. ARMINFO. Nagorny Karabakh has never been a part of independent Azerbaijan. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Vardan Oskanian stated during the news conference, Wednesday.
As the minister mentioned, the problem of Nagorny Karabakh is, first of all, the issue of the right of NKR people for self-determination. “It is implementing this right in the territory which has never been a part of independent Azerbaijan”, the foreign minister mentioned. Commenting on the issue on NKR’s participation in the negotiations, Vardan Oskanian expressed an opinion, though Stepanakert is not directly taking part in the negotiations, nevertheless, it is present at the general process and the NKR authorities are informed about the matter of the meetings and keep contacts with the cochairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group. “So, when the negotiations begin within the framework of the Minsk Group, Nagorny Karabakh will be involved in them. The evidence of falseness of the opinion on the absence of NKR at the negotiations is that during their visits the cochairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group visit Stepanakert and meet with NKR authorities”, the minister reminded. He also stressed there is no disagreement between the authorities of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.