STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–The speaker of Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s (MKR) Parliament Oleg Yesayan briefed representatives of foreign non-governmental organizations–on MKR’s legislative efforts to establish democratic values. Yesayan said that international attention will–in fact–turn to MKR–when the it succeeds in building a civil society. "We realize that we have not reached this goal yet–but have progressed greatly. As such–we have earned the right to present our achievemen’s to the world."
The delegation included the former British ambassador to Georgia Stephen Nash–who serves as the director of Links–a London information network on conflicts and state-building–Links South Caucuses coordinator Julian Broxap–Paul Lauwerence of International Alert–and Richard Hoffman of "Catholic Relief Services."
Yesayan said he is pleased that European NGOs attach importance to establishing peace and stability in the region–and take efforts to help regulate conflicts–including the Karabagh conflict.
Asked to clarify MKR’s position on the regulation of the conflict–Yesayan said that Karabagh adheres to a peaceful regulation to the conflict–within the framework of OSCE Minsk Group. He stressed–however–that a final and comprehensive solution remains impossible without full participation of MKR.
Established in London in June 1997–Links supports peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Caucasus–with particular reference to conflicts in Abkhazia–Mountainous Karabagh–South Ossetia–and Chechnya.
One of its declared objectives is to work closely with the people in these societies to bring about the peaceful resolution of the conflicts–to work to promote democratic state-building and sustainable economic progress–and "to promote dialogue between different sides in conflict–as well as to promote innovative ideas for long-term solutions."