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YEREVAN. – Any attempt by Azerbaijan to start a war in Nagorno-Karabakh will get a severe and appropriate response.

The Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, on Monday said the aforementioned along the lines of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference that got underway in capital city Yerevan, and in response to a respective query by a Diaspora Armenian in attendance.

In the FM’s words, if a war was to break out and it was impossible to stop it immediately, Armenia will recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). 

“But the question is that negotiations are underway, and we [the Armenian party to the Karabakh conflict] wish to settle this matter together with the international community by pacific means,” stressed Nalbandian. “We will continue negotiations as much as it’s possible, since war is not a solution. [But] if there were an attempt by Azerbaijan, like the attempt in April 2016, it will get a more severe and appropriate response.”

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