BUENOS AIRES—Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian on Friday addressed Argentina’s Council of Foreign Relations and discussed the recent developments of the Karabakh peace process, as well Karabakh-Argentina relations.
Sahakian said that Latin America was an important facet of the foreign policy considerations of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic for several reasons among them the large Armenian community as well the growing clout of the region in international relations.
He underscored the important role Argentina plays developing relations with Latin America and expressed gratitude to Argentina’s government for its approach toward Argentine-Armenians and the Republic of Armenia.
“A state, which allowed our compatriots who were narrowly escaping the Armenian Genocide and other persecutions find make their new home, while not forgetting their historical roots, deserves the highest level of appreciation,” said Sahakian.
The Karabakh president also provided a historical perspective on Karabakh by outlining that from the onset of its formation, Azerbaijan, a country that never existed before, has made territorial claims from all its neighbors in hopes of creating a pan-Turkish state.
Sahakian emphasized that official Stepanakert wanted an peaceful resolution to the Karabakh conflict and to address all issues with Azerbaijan through dialogue. He said, however, that Azerbaijan’s extremist and belligerent anti-Armenian policy, which is being formulated and executed by the highest levels in government, was the key obstacle to the negotiation process.
He also stressed that Karabakh independence and security cannot be subject for debate by any entity in the world.