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Armenia could recognize independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, - president Sarkisyan

Source : 112 Ukraine

This could be the Armenian side's next move, if Azerbaijan keeps refusing from peace talks, Armenian President says
08:47, 19 October 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Armenian Defence Ministry

If Azerbaijan denies peace talks, Armenia could recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armen Sarkisyan, the Armenian President said so in the interview with Kommersant.

"That is, misrecognition of independence by Armenia is only related to the fact that the Armenian side wants to solve the issue by the way of peace talks. This is a sort of a tunnel... If there's light at the end of the tunnel - the light of ultimate solution to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh - then one can wait for some more," Sarkisyan said.

According to him, if it becomes clear that Azerbaijan does not agree on the talks, the Armenian side will recognize the independence of the disputed region. Sarkisyan reminded that the Supreme Council of Armenia supported the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Related: Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan claims release of six settlements occupied by Armenia, - Aliev

However, when the sides agreed on a ceasefire in the region in 1994, Yerevan suspended the process of recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh so as to avoid complications in the procedure of the solution of the conflict.

Meanwhile, Azeri leader Ilham Aliev claimed his country would never recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Related: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating truce in Nagorno-Karabakh

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