Friday, June 08, 2007

Petition against surrendering territories to Azerbaijan

June 8, 2007
Regnum, Russia

Petition against surrendering territories to Azerbaijan handed over to OSCE Yerevan mission, Armenian foreign ministry and government

A petition against surrendering territories to Azerbaijan was handed over to the OSCE Yerevan mission, the Armenian foreign ministry and the government. The petition was initiated by Alliance of Armenian Volunteers Public Initiative, Mitk Analytical Center, Alliance and World civil initiatives and other organizations.

According to the Alliance of Armenian Volunteers Public Initiative Secretary Armen Agoyan, the protest memorandum handed over to the OSCE mission is addressed to OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, who were on visit in Yerevan yesterday. In particular, the petition says that statements made by co-chairs Bernard Fassier (France), Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia) and Matthew Bryza (USA) before they met the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan showed that the talks are held in a wrong direction, which is absolutely inadmissible for the Armenian people. “Your initiatives will never be accepted by the Armenian people as it is proposed that Nagorno Karabakh will be connected to Armenia by a narrow corridor,” the petition says.

“The discreet format of the talks does not allow people having full information on negotiations over the issues being discussed, agreed upon and disputed and on positions of the parties. Seeing the direction and contents of the current information flows, we believe that if the talks contain inadmissible concessions from the Armenian side and if the officials participating in the talks on behalf of Armenia, including the president, agree to some proposal of the kind by the OSCE Minsk Group, an attempt to implement it will be met by powerful contradiction by the Armenian nation,” the petition runs.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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