INTERVIEW-PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SHAVARSH KOCHARYAN
23.11.2016
13:00
The interview - press conference of Shavarsh Kocharyan, RA Deputy Foreign Minister, was held on "Foreign Policy Challenges and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict" on November 23 at Media Center.

At the beginning of the interview, he said that it is not clear yet if the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg at the beginning of December.

Referring to James Warlick’s leaving the position of the US co-chair of the Minsk Group, as well as the change of the French co-chair a month ago, Deputy Foreign Minister said that we should not overestimate those persons who are appointed by the co-chairing countries as a representative.

“The state policy is a state policy, and the change of a person itself does not mean a change of the whole package, does not mean that the new-comer will start from scratch," Kocharyan said. 

Deputy Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that the mediators had never condemned any side because their mission is to ensure that the parties reach an agreement and prevent a return to war.

Speaking about the resumption of negotiations, he said that the negotiation process stays in its place for a very simple reason, because the Azerbaijani side uses the whole negotiation process only as a cover.

Kocharyan said that it was impossible to expect a progress in the negotiation process currently unless the Vienna and St. Petersburg agreements were not implemented.

“It is impossible to expect progress in the negotiation process, as long as there is a threat of war, as long as there is distrust between the parties, as long as there are shootings, provocations are conducted in the contact line,” Kocharyan said.

According to Shavarsh Kocharyan, since the cease-fire, there is only one document – the Madrid one that was adopted by two of the three sides.

“Artsakh did not accept it as a basis for negotiations. There is not any other document. The rest of the documents were just the same with some amendments that have not reached the point that the parties give their consent," he said, adding that the document of Kazan was the modified version of the Madrid.

“What if Azerbaijan did not fail in Kazan? This means that the Nagorno-Karabakh should have said if it accepted or not. If it accepted, the three parties would have to work on the development of a large contract. If Artsakh said no, the process would stop again,” Kocharyan added.

Referring Aliyev's statement that the minimum compromise in the negotiations could be giving a status of part of a province to Nagorno-Karabakh in the territory of Azerbaijan, Shavarsh Kocharyan said that he is far from the international law people give a status.

“The UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, clearly indicate that all people, regardless of external interference, determine their own status through a referendum,” Kocharyan said. 

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email tolilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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