STEPANAKERT (Combined sources)–"Negotiations for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict have reached a stalemate after Rambouillet. A certain progress was observed before those talks–and now attempts are being made to restore it," Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian stated at Artsakh State University during his two-day visit to the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh.
Oskanian said the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is one of the most important issues of Armenia’s foreign policy. The minister also said the two most current issues in the foreign political sphere are public democratization and stable economic development. He also stressed the importance of cooperation in various spheres with Russia–and the necessity for Armenia and Karabakh to integrate into European structures.
Regarding the current state of the negotiation process–Oskanian said "Azerbaijan should understand that one cannot turn back the clock. Baku should get rid of the idea of a forced settlement of the conflict."
Touching upon mutual concessions–Oskanian said–"Mutual compromises should be born during talks. Each of the parties has a line that the other cannot overstep."
For the Armenian side–that line is the guarantee of Karabakh security–independence for Karabakh–and uninterrupted land communication with Armenia. Oskanian made clear that these points are not negotiable and they won’t be compromised.
"I don’t know what status Karabakh will have in the future–but I know for sure what it will not be: Karabakh will never be a part of Azerbaijan. That is absolutely impossible," Oskanian said. "Karabakh has never been part of Azerbaijan," he emphasized.