Armenia wrong on Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Ukrainian politician says
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
Armenia is wrong on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Borys Tarasyuk, the co-president of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the member of the Ukrainian party 'Batkivshchyna' (Fatherland), told reporters in Yerevan March 18.
"We have a clear stance," Tarasyuk added. "And we believe that in the conflict on the Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia is wrong."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Elsewhere, he also said that Armenia should recognize the Holodomor (Hunger-extermination). The Holodomor was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1932 and 1933 that killed 2.5-7.5 million Ukrainians.
Answering to a question that if Ukraine isn't happy with Stalin's policy, why it recognizes the boundaries of the union republics, delineated by Stalin, Tarasyuk said those boundaries are "untouchable."
"It is not just for me, but for the whole world," he said. "The borders inherited by the countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union, were declared inviolable."