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Resolution of the Karabakh conflict does not depend on return of the territories around NKR to Azerbaijan, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.
"We continue the negotiations with Azerbaijan. But, in such conditions, it is unreal expecting any breakthrough. All those engaged in the problems in Moscow, Washington and Paris - these are the capitals of the Minsk Group co-chair states - are well aware who is guilty in protraction of the conflict. They remember who failed the negotiations in Key West and Kazan. They know that the essence of the problem is not the control of the neighboring territories by the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army. Consequently, the solution does not depend on their return," the president said.
He believes that it is significantly important to strengthen international mechanisms of efficient arms control in the South Caucasus. However, Azerbaijan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council has practically launched an arms race and openly violated its commitments under the CFE Treaty.
"The leadership of Azerbaijan constantly threatens us with war. It releases the murderer with an axe, rewards him for the years in the Hungarian jail he was sentenced to for murdering a sleeping Armenian officer. Hatred towards Armenia and everything Armenian has become the focus of official Baku's foreign policy. They speak of national hatred, war, and use of force with such enthusiasm that one can get an impression that these are the values of the UN Statute," he said.
The president believes that the Karabakh people should decide on their own what political status they want to live with in future.
"Karabakh conflict is a classical example of fight for self-determination. And there is no argument explaining why the Artsakh people were deprived of that right. All the other issues are secondary," the president said.