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      Tigran Torossian on Karabagh

Tigran Torossian on Karabagh   25/02/2004

YEREVAN, February 25 (Noyan Tapan). "Today, when Azeries propose to resume the process of settlement of the Karabakh conflict from zero, Armenia has a full right to demand that starting from today Karabakh should become a full side of the negotiations," Tigran Torosian, the Deputy Speaker of the RA NA, declared during the February 24 interview to journalists. According to the Deputy Speaker, Karabakh must play "a much more important role than even Armenia, the main goal of which is to guarantee the security of the Armenian population of Nagorno Karabakh and to protect their interests in different instances."

He informed that the report, which is being prepared by Terry Davis, a reporter on the Karabakh issue of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, won't include the history of the problem, but according to the position of the Armenian side, the main stages of the Karabakh problem must be precisely reflected in the report in order that the Deputies of PACE should form an opinion about the problem. According to T.Torosian, the Armenian side consider as well submitting of the legal side of the issue in the report as important. He reminded that the Karabakh problem began from the violation of the legal field. Thus, the answer to the decision of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region was Sumgait and after some time massacres in Baku and Kirovabad, which, as it's known, didn't get a respective estimation and at last, the expatriation of the Armenian population from Shahumian and Getashen, thier historical lands, and so on. "This is mentioned not as a historical fact, but as a reality, which by all means must be taken into consideration by the international organizations," the NA Deputy Speaker emphasized.

According to T.Torosian, in case of failing to investigate thoroughly into the essence of the issue mechanical approaches are often dispalyed, which may lead to tragic events.



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