(PanARMENIAN.Net) - Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova are playing into the hands of Azerbaijan by meddling into an issue which does not concern them, said RA FM Vartan Oskanian when commenting on GUAM's statement about referendum in Nagorno Karabakh. In his words, the statement does not have anything with reality.
During this decade and a half, in a situation of no-peace and no-war, and to their credit, the people and authorities of Nagorno Karabakh have built a lawful, well-regulated internal governance system. They have built political institutions; through elections they have selected their own authorities and developed a legislative framework, reports Trend.
Today, they have recognized the need for a basic law, and chosen the internationally accepted practice of a referendum as the only acceptable way to collectively adopt that basic law. Azerbaijan claims that exercising a vote is an obstruction to the peace process. Just the opposite.
At the core of the negotiations to reach a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is the right of the people of Nagorno Karabakh for self-determination. What really obstructs the process is the Azerbaijani overreaction to Karabakh's democratic activities, their refusal to engage Nagorno Karabakh in peace talks, their repeated militaristic calls and their persistent efforts to sidetrack the Minsk Group negotiation process, reports the RA MFA press office.