YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Mountainous Karabagh Republic ARF leader Vahram Balayan–said that Karabagh should and must participate in the negotiation process of the conflict settlement.
Based on negotiating principles–Balayan explained that the world will side with the party that can manifest the ability to organize and protect the population. He noted the importance of relations between Armenia and Karabagh–stressing that Armenia’should not monopolize negotiating rights–to forsake full expression of the will of the Armenian people–particularly–the will of the citizens of Karabagh.
Balayan stressed that it is time for the political forces of Armenia and Karabagh to devise a common policy concerning Karabagh–as well as a specific program for social-economic development.
"The international community gave us an opportunity to expose ourselves as a state. It is necessary to progress in every way–especially by emphasizing the repopulation of the country."