President Kocharian congratulated leaders and people of Mountainous Karabagh Republic on the 14th anniversary of declaring independence.
In his message–President Kocharian stressed the "historical and irreversible choice" made in declaring independence–and pointed to Karabagh’s army–government institutions–and economic progress–as confirmation of their commitment to developing the country.
The President’s message also stressed Armenia’s commitment to establishing peace in Karabagh. "We shall do everything possible to approximate the fair–peaceful–and just solution to the conflict."
Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) declared its independence on September 2–1991 in compliance with international and domestic law–through the adoption of the "Declaration of the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh" by the local legislative councils of Mountainous Karabagh and the bordering Armenian-populated Shahumian district.
But Karabagh declared independence not from the Soviet Union–but from Soviet Azerbaijan–an act that fully complied with the existing 1990 Soviet law "On the Procedures for a Union Republic to Leave the USSR," that said the secession of a Soviet republic from the body of the USSR allowed an autonomous district in the same republic’s territory to also trigger its own process of independence. Thus–Mountainous Karabagh has never been a part of the independent Azerbaijan Republic.