YEREVAN (Armradio)–If Azerbaijan continues to derail peace negotiations, Armenia will have to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh and pursue its recognition by the international community, Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Director Giro Manoyan told reporters in Yerevan Monday at the ARF Youth Forum dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement.
The youth conference was held at Yerevan’s Ani Plaza and was attended by Armenian youth from the Diaspora, Karabakh, and Javakhk, as well as members from public and university organizations in Armenia.
The conference had as its agenda a reassessment of one of most heroic chapters in the Armenian nation’s recent history, Zinavor Meghrian, a member of the ARF of Armenia Youth Organization, said during the Forum’s opening remarks. The conference will also allow Armenian Youth to give their own assessment of the threats directed at the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, he added.
Manoyan spoke to the conference participants about the resolution of the Karabakh conflict and Armenia’s steps in that regard.
According to him, all the possible preconditions for the recognition of independence already exist and Armenia’should be one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Karabakh.
Azerbaijan is constantly trying to delay the settlement of the issue and is actively trying to change the format of negotiations, he explained,
"If Azerbaijan continues this policy, the main task of Armenia will be the recognition of Karabakh’s independence and working to have other countries of the world do the same," Manoyan said.
The recognition of Karabakh’s independence is very realistic today, Manoyan said. But it should be done through the OSCE Minsk Group negotiations, he said, referring to suggestions by some for the Armenian National Assembly should recognize the independence of Karabakh.
If, however, Azerbaijan continues to apply pressure, Armenia will have choice but to recognize the independence of Karabakh, sign agreemen’s and launch activities to pursue the recognition of its independence by countries of the world, according to former Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Foreign Minister Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan, who spoke at the ARF Youth Forum.
Melik-Shahnazaryan said he supports the "3 3 1" format of negotiations, which includes the three Minsk Group Co-Chairs-France, US, and Russia-the principle parties of the conflict, Armenia, Karabakh and Azerbaijan, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which borders the three republics. Iran has expressed its desire to be involved in negotiations many times, he explained.