ArmInfo.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nagorno- Karabakh issued the following statement:
Recently, various discussions, comments, opinions regarding the
status of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic have intensified again, which
is an objective process, taking into account the key nature of this
issue in the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict settlement process.
Official Stepanakert welcomes any steps aimed at peaceful and
comprehensive settlement of the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict, as
well as settling the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. At the
same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh
is authorized to state that the official stance of the people and the
authorities of Artsakh remains unchangeable.
Artsakh will not be a part of Azerbaijan. The settlement of relations
between Armenia and Azerbaijan, including the solution of the border
issue between the two countries, cannot and should not be tied to the
status of the Artsakh Republic.
The territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan has no
relation to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and its status which has
been determined by the people of our country in full and strict
compliance with the norms and principles of international law and the
then acting Soviet legislation.
At their meeting in Prague, mediated by the EU and France, the
Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs reached an agreement on normalization of
the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations based on the UN charter and 1991
Almaty declaration. Russian FM Sergey Lavrov stated that the sides
agreed without any reservations. He stressed that, according to the
Almaty declaration, "Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan."