STEPANAKERT (Yerkir/Armenpress)–At an international conference called "Republic of Nagorno Karabagh: Past–Present–Future," Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) President Arkady Ghoukassian said that there must be direct negotiations between MKR and Azerbaijan.
In his address to the conference–Ghoukassian said that today Azerbaijan exerts enormous effort to try and change history and deprive Karabagh’s people of the freedom and independence they achieved.
"I am convinced that Nagorno Karabagh and Azerbaijan should negotiate in order find a mutually beneficial resolution of the conflict. I want to believe that this conference will help to show the reality in the region," he said.
"I am glad to hear that you intend to discuss a wide scope of issues referring to the history and culture of Nagorno Karabagh–its spiritual heritage–political and legal matters–prospects of the socio-economic development. I wish the conference successful and fruitful work," Ghoukassian added.
The conference–which was dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the declaration of MKR–began Wednesday at the Artsakh State University. Around 200 representatives from more than 10 countries including Russia–the US–France–United Kingdom–and Germany will participate in the three-day conference organized by the MKR Government.