18 Sep 2017 12:30

Nations' right to self-determination important in settling Karabakh issue - Armenian president

YEREVAN. Sept 18 (Interfax) - The resolution of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh depends on the observance of human rights and international principles, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said.

"There can be no stable peace until the Azerbaijani leadership resigns itself to the existence of principles endorsed by the international community. We are confident that, as regards the preservation of international peace and the prevention of conflicts, what is important is the observance of human rights, including the right of nations to self-determination and equality. The limitation of these rights leads to a political crisis and then to war," Sargsyan said at the Armenia-Diaspora forum in Yerevan on Monday.

Armenia is abiding by "its international obligations to the international community," he said.

Armenia remains committed to its position that "the people of Artsakh [the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh] have a right to a free and safe life in their own country and are exercising this right by means of government institutions and a developing economy," he said.

"That this right has been exercised is a historical fact. The other issues can be solved through peace negotiations," he said.