The Armenian government on Thursday gave a positive assessment to the bill on recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, reports lragir.am. The authors of the bill are opposition MPs Zaruhi Postanjyan and Hrant Bagratyan.
Opinion on the bill was adopted without debate and presentations.
Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan at the session said that the issued conclusion, the result of the discussions between Armenia and Karabakh, taking into account external and internal factors”.
MP Zaruhi Postanjyan, commenting on the decision, said that the Cabinet of Ministers approved the continued recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, reports “news-Armenia”.
The representatives of Azerbaijan had previously warned that Armenia’s recognizing Nagorno Karabakh independence would lead to the termination of the negotiation process.
“Recognition of the separatist regime in the occupied Azerbaijani territories means the refusal of the official Yerevan in the negotiation process initiated by the Minsk group. It means abandoning the negotiation process. Because the Minsk group will not be a mandate for negotiation of processo,” said may 3, the head of the press service of the foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev, reports RIA “Novosti”.
“Yerevan’s position is always skewed in the favour of independence of Nagorno Karabakh, which as we all know, contrary to the position of the Azerbaijani side and not bringing the parties closer to settlement. On the contrary, this zakonoproekt can consolidate the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh in the understanding of the Yerevan and thereby cause a sharp rejection of the official Baku. I would not want to “croak”, but this decision may lead to the escalation of violence on the border, which is unacceptable,” — said the Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky.
The adoption of this bill is untimely, because Baku will be the precipitating factor, I’m sure Slutsky. According to Russian Deputy, the parties should continue to negotiate in the composition of the OSCE Minsk group and to refrain from adopting national laws on this issue, as this complicates the negotiation process.
The question of the necessity of recognizing the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh re-entered the agenda after the four-day battle on the line of contact between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh in April. The fighting, which has killed several dozen people, became the most serious outbreak of violence since 1992, when the conflict was frozen.