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#131, 2008-07-10 | #132, 2008-07-11 | #133, 2008-07-12


SABINE FREIZER: RECOGNITION OF AZERBAIJANI TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY DOES NOT EXCLUDE THE RIGHT OF KARABAKH PEOPLE’S SELF-DETERMINATION

" The European Union member countries recognize the Azerbaijani territorial integrity, but it does not mean that they are against giving the population of Nagorno Karabakh the right of self-determination", announced International Crisis Group's Europe Program Director Sabine Freizer in an interview to Azerbaijani "Day az".

According to Freizer, the European Union may play a greater role by having a separate, special representative especially by implementation of observatory mission.

What about the model of Karabakh issue, according to Freizer, EU members do not have a joint agreed opinion whether Nagorno Karabakh should be a part of Azerbaijan or an independent state.

It is more interesting that according to Freizer, the EU countries do not show interest in having a key role in the settlement of Karabakh conflict; moreover, they are not interested in involvement with Minsk Group as they are absolutely satisfied with the present format of the negotiations.

What about the UN involvement in the issue, Freizer told "Day az" that two parallel mediator missions and even two negotiation processes will lead to no result. .

What about the Minsk Group proposals and not-agreed points, the principles are the best way to move forward, according to Sabine Freizer.

"Azerbaijan has done everything possible to include the paragraphs about release of seven occupied regions and return of refugees, including the territory of Nagorno Karabakh. The main dispute is over the status of Karabakh. Armenia insists that the possibility of Nagorno Karabakh independence should be included in the basic principles, but Azerbaijan is categorically against it. I think the decision on the status of Nagorno Karabakh should be postponed until mutual confidence between Armenians and Azerbaijanis is restored".

By Aghavni Haroutiunian, translated by L.H.


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