In connection with the 23rd anniversary of the Karabakh national-liberation movement, Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the Unites States of America Robert Avetisyan delivered lectures at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University (Washington) and New York University.
In his speeches, Robert Avetisyan touched upon the prehistory of the Azerbaijani-Karabakhi conflict, legal and humanitarian aspects of the NKR formation, the war unleashed by Azerbaijan, the negotiation process, as well as the current situation in the NKR and in the region in general.
“Since proclaiming independence in 1991, the NKR continues building a stable, open and democratic society; a state, which can protect its population and provide them with the universal rights and freedoms. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan keeps on increasing its military rhetoric, constantly stating of its plans to solve the problem by force”, Robert Avetisyan noted.
The NKR Representative confirmed his country’s adherence to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict and noted that recognition of the NKR independence neither violates territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, nor threatens its existence.
“Karabakh and Azerbaijan can be good neighbors, but their coexistence in a common political-administrative entity is impossible”, Robert Avetisyan said, noting that the NKR is open for a constructive dialog with Azerbaijan and expressing hope that official Baku will finally take a constructive stand, thus making possible the solution of the conflict.
At the same time, he considered it necessary to revert to the original negotiation format with Artsakh’s direct participation.
“Only a civilized, just and comprehensive settlement of the Karabakhi conflict will promote the stability in the whole region and prevent new hostilities”, Robert Avetisyan noted.
Those present asked questions to the diplomat concerning the negotiation process, the stances of the conflicting parties, ways of solving the most urgent humanitarian issues, etc.