The Nagorno-Karabakh issue concerns the rights and security of Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians, and it must be resolved through an internationally visible dialogue between Baku and Stepanakert, the head of the Armenian delegation, MP from the "Civil Contract" faction, Sargis Khandanyan said at the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
"During yesterday's debate, when the members of this Assembly spoke about Azerbaijan's illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor and the need for its immediate reopening, our Azerbaijani colleagues countered them with the argument that several hundred trucks of the Red Cross and Russian peacekeeping troops have passed through the corridor since December. My question is the following. since when did we start counting the number of trucks that deliver food, medicine and fuel to our settlements, since when did the right to free movement become a manifestation of generosity and how further the international community can be mocked?
When talking about the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, our goal is not to perpetuate the conflict. Exactly the opposite. we need the support of the international community to overcome the cycle of hatred and violence in the South Caucasus," the MP emphasized.
Khandanyan clearly stated that Armenia believes that only peaceful dialogue can solve problems and establish stability in the region. Armenia is ready to advance the process of establishing peace with Azerbaijan on the basis of mutual recognition of each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty. According to him, Armenia has no territorial claims against Azerbaijan or any of its neighbors.
"The issue of Nagorno-Karabakh concerns the rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, and it should be resolved through an internationally visible dialogue between Baku and Nagorno-Karabakh," Khandanyan noted.
He assured that Armenia is ready to open all the transport and economic infrastructures of the region within the framework of the agreements reached, which indicate the sovereignty of the countries and the maintenance of jurisdiction over the roads.
"The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has existed for more than 30 years. I am younger than this conflict, and as a young parliamentarian, as a young decision-maker, I do not want to leave this conflict as a legacy to the next generation.
The slogan of this year's presidency is "It's about people", and I believe, I hope, we believe that it also applies to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, right?” the Armenian MP concluded.