YEREVAN, October 19. /ARKA/. In an interview with Russian daily newspaper Kommersant, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian explained when Armenia would recognize the independence of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
“This is both a simple and a complex question at the same time. In the last days of the Soviet Union, when the people of Nagorno-Karabakh declared their desire to live freely and govern their lives, their history, their heritage and culture in a referendum, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Armenia voted for this recognition, but then the process was suspended. The logic was simple. In 1994, an armistice was signed and the Minsk process began on the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Sarkissian said.
In his words, Armenia has not recognized Nagorno-Karabakh independence because its wants the issue to be resolved peacefully and through negotiations.
“This is a kind of a tunnel. And if at the end of this tunnel there is light – the light of a final peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, then we can wait a little longer. And if there is no light, that is, if it is clear that Azerbaijan, with the support of Turkey, in no case will go through negotiations, then, naturally, Armenia will recognize the independence of Karabakh,” Sarkissian said.
According to Armenian military sources, some 6,109 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed since September 27 when Azerbaijan attacked Nagorno-Karabakh and thousands have been wounded. Armenian forces have also destroyed 554 tanks and armored vehicles, 4 MLRS Smerch, Uragan, TOS-1A, over 190 UAVs, 16 helicopters, 22 aircraft.
According to the official data of the Armenian side, during the repulsion of the enemy’s aggression, more than 705 Armenian servicemen have been killed, several hundred people have been wounded. As a result of war crimes, over 36 civilians have been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh and over 115 wounded.