Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan said that Yerevan will continue to defend the status of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh, NKR) in the OSCE Minsk Group on the basis of principles that were not reflected in the November 9 trilateral statement, Sputnik Armenia writes.
According to him, the country’s authorities in the future will steadily seek recognition of the right to self-determination among the residents of the region. At the same time, the minister stressed that Yerevan will do everything possible for the economic and infrastructural development of Karabakh within the framework of the agreement with Azerbaijan and Russia.
The Foreign Minister added that Armenia’s priority is “de-occupation of the territories of Artsakh” and the return of all its residents displaced from the region. In addition, Yerevan will continue to protect cultural and religious monuments in Karabakh as part of the negotiation process, despite the fact that Azerbaijan does not allow UNESCO representatives to the region.
Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev promised to turn the city of Shushi, which came under the control of Baku after the war, into the cultural capital of his republic. According to him, work has already begun to restore buildings, historical monuments and infrastructure there.
On November 9, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia signed a trilateral statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The parties remained in their positions, three more regions came under the control of Azerbaijan. Russian peacekeepers entered the region. Azerbaijan regarded the results of the war as a victory.