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31 August 2011 Armenian President says that international recognition of Karabakh "is inevitable", cites Southern Sudan as a precedent.

"This year we witnessed how Southern Sudan gained its independence after decades of struggling, adding one more precedent to implementation of the right of self determination. In case of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), similar resolution is inevitable, although I cannot say that Azerbaijan softened its position in the settlement process," said President Sargsyan.

According to him, "we reached an important level, when the intermediary countries and the international community expected that agreement over at least the basic principles is near."

"In this context, Kazan meeting proved a touchstone that estimated the sincerity and perseverance of both sides to resolve the conflict through peaceful negotiations as soon as possible. As Kazan experience showed, Azerbaijan made a step back, refusing to find a general ground and creating new barriers for further agreement," added Armenian president. "Now, I am sure that everyone is interested in our next steps and expectations. Irrespective of Azerbaijan’s destructive behavior, Armenia will continue its efforts towards exclusively peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict based on the principles reflected in international law and UN Charter. Let no one doubt that our position is unbending and clear. We have a red line that that we can never cross."

Sargsyan stressed that Baku is not ready for peace, since it is impossible to build peace, preaching warfare.

"It is impossible to reconcile societies, disseminating hatred towards Armenians and build confidence, instigating a race of army equipment. This position of Azerbaijan is unacceptable and we shall take relevant steps. Believe me, in the event of military conflict Armenia will not hesitate to impose a new peace to the opponent," noted the President of Armenia.

picture: courtesy of the Press office of the President of Armenia

source: News.am

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