YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—“I’ll be the first passenger of the Yerevan-Stepanakert flight,” said President Serzh Sarkisian Thursday during a joint press conference with the visiting Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey.
Sarkisian called Azeri threats to shoot down the civilian flights, which are scheduled to begin in May, as statements that “have always been made by terrorist organizations. Threats to shoot down civilian planes are nothing but nonsense.”
Sarkisian also reiterated Armenia’s position on the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict resolution process, saying, “There is only one solution to the Karabakh conflict. It is the peaceful implementation of the internationally recognized people’s right to self-determination.”
“I want to believe that this time the Azerbaijani authorities will be consistent and their words and deeds will not differ. The issue should be resolved peacefully through negotiations, although the road may be hard and full of obstacles,” added Sarkisian.
“We are closely following the developments in Karabakh. Negotiations on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict are underway within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group. Although we are not an active member of it, I’ve talked about the issue to President Aliyev and President Serzh Sarkisian,” said Swiss President, Calmy-Rey.
Asbarez will have more updates on the Swiss president’s visit to Yerevan, including her thoughts on the Turkey-Armenia protocols and the opening of the Swiss Embassy in Armenia.