In searching for peace in Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia should not sit at the negotiation table without guarantees, Stepan Grigoryan, the head of the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, told media Thursday.
A possible meeting in Vienna between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will relate to preconditions proposed by the Armenian side connected with the negotiations over the Nagorno Karabakh issue, political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said Monday.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s state commission on prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons on Sunday participated in an exchange of bodies with the Azerbaijani side near the settlement of Bash Karvend.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a declaration, urging the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to show political will and reach a negotiated settlement within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.
An initiative group has been set up in Nagorno Karabakh to push for the appointment of Lieutenant-General Samvel Babayan as defense minister and commander of the Republic’s defense army.
Deputy Parliament Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov believes that there is no need to take drastic measures and strain relations with Russia, Armenia’s top military and political ally, because of statements and actions of the latter during the latest Karabakh crisis.
The Armenian Government on Thursday gave its endorsement to a bill co-authored by two opposition members of parliament under which Armenia would formally recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
Nagorno-Karabakh’s military authorities have reported a new fatality at the line of contact with Azerbaijan, at the same time denying Baku’s accusations that Armenian forces have violated the current fragile ceasefire by killing an Azeri serviceman.
President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan agreed to respect ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh and resume their dialogue to find a compromise peace deal during internationally mediated talks in Vienna, Austria, late on Monday.
According to a senior Armenian military official, it was Azerbaijan that had sought a ceasefire several days after renewing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh early this month.