KARABAKH'S JOINING PEACE TALKS TO BE LONG-DRAWN-OUT PROCESS - SPOKESMAN
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It will take the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) many years to join the conflict settlement talks, a press secretary for the country's president has said, commenting upon the mediators' recent statement promising Karabakh's participation in the peace process.
"That will take years, but at the present moment, it is necessary to do everything possible to bring the process on a normal track," David Babayan, the head of the Central Information Department at the NKR Presidential Office, told Tert.am.
It comes after the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Robert Bradtke of the United States, Jacques Faure of France and Igor Popov of France, said in Stepanakert that the country will be involved in the current peace talks sometime in the future.
Noting that the diplomats had periodically voiced similar opinions before, Babayan said that their statements seem more clearly defined now.
A former foreign minister of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arman Melikyan, said in this connection that he does not have any expectations of such statements, as the issue has been addressed several times over years since the resolution requiring the country to cede lands to Azerbaijan in return for the recognition of its people's rights to self-determination was elaborated.
"It turns out actually that the Madrid Principles and the rest of issues are previously agreed upon with Azerbaijan and Armenia, with Artsakh facing only the fact," he said.
Melikyan believes that the existing agenda leaves Karabakh no other choice but to give consent to an agreement already signed.
President of the Union of Political Scientists Hmayak Hovhannisyan finds the co-chairs' statement an advance step ahead of the presidential polls in Karabakh.
"This attaches a double value to the statement," he said.
As for the "messages" voiced by world community within selected timeframes, Hovhannisyan attributed them to the co-chairs' stance on the issue, particularly the fact that they admit in an implicit manner that Karabakh is a de facto accomplished state with its institutions and democratic policies.
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