STEPANAKERT/BAKU (Combined Sources)–Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian Monday said that since Karabakh was the main party to the conflict, it should hold direct peace negotiations with Azerbaijan, an offer that the Azeri side immediately rejected.
"The Nagorno Karabakh Republic is the main party to conflict and it has priorities like other foreign states," said President Sahakian adding "Nagorno-Karabakh should independently take part in peace-talks for the resolution of the conflict with Azerbaijan."
Azerbaijan immediately reacted by rejecting Sahakian’s proposal.
“From the very beginning, the talks on settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were held with Armenia as an aggressor country, but not with those who are inhabited in Nagorno-Karabakh to serve as a screen,” Khazar Ibrahim, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan told Trend Monday.
According to Ibrahim, head of the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh made some mistakes in his statemen’s. “There is not any “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” concept; there is only Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh. At the moment, no talks can be held with the representatives of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic,” he said.
“Talks with the Armenian community in Karabakh can be held only in case Armenia liberates Azerbaijani territory, Azerbaijani community returns to its lands and all conditions are provided for the peaceful co-existence of both communities in Nagorno-Karabakh,” added Ibrahim.
Karabakh participated in the early days of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process, under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group.