Sunday, 16 November 2008

Armenia, Romania FMs agree the Karabakh issue should be solved on the basis of norms and principles of international law

The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Romania Edward Nalbdnian and Lazar Comanescu held constructive and promising negotiations. Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian told a press conference today that they discussed bilateral relations, the opportunities of intensifying the bilateral cooperation in different spheres and the political dialogue. Reference was made to regional issues, particularly the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh issue -- Armenia’s Public Radio reported on Nov 15.

According to Lazar Comanescu, constructive talks were held on issues of bilateral interest. “The bilateral cooperation between the two countries should be developed in different spheres. As a member of the European Union and NATO, Romania can develop its relations with Armenia within the framework of those structures, as well as within regional organizations. There are serious perspectives for economic cooperation,” the Foreign Minister of Romania stated. According to him, opportunities should be found for cooperation within the framework of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, which is currently chaired by Armenia. The Minister noted that Romania is ready to share its experience with Armenia in the context of multifaceted developments, particularly economic reforms. Having met with business circles of Armenia, Mr. Comanescu came to the conclusion that the Armenian-Romanian potential is greater, and it’s necessary to find ways of developing and utilizing it.

The two Ministers discussed issues connected with the settlement of frozen conflicts. “I congratulate and welcome the positive developments targeted at the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh issue, i.e. the Moscow Declaration. The agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan can lead to the resolution of the Karabakh conflict on the basis of international law and norms,” Comanescu said.

Which principle of international law should be primary in the Karabakh solution? The Minister said the best and most promising way is the political dialogue between the parties involved in the process. According to him, complex issues like the Karabakh conflict should be solved on the basis of full respect for norms and principles of international law. Territorial integrity is one of those principles, but if we look at the Charter of the United Nations and the Helsinki Final Act, there are other principles, which should be looked at together.”

Edward Nalbandian agreed with his Romanian counterpart and noted that all the principles are very important for resolution of the issue.

Source: Public Radio of Armenia

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