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YEREVAN. – The Prime Minister of Armenia has clearly stated the position of the Armenian side; there is nothing to add to that. Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan noted this at a news conference on Wednesday, and when asked whether PM Nikol Pashinyan’s statement—in Artsakh’s (Nagorno-Karabakh) capital city of Stepanakert—that “Artsakh is Armenia” will cause any changes in the process to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Everything has been said in Stepanakert,” the FM added. “The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia has confirmed what was said; I believe there is no need to repeat the statement.

“There are no intentions on our part of growing distant from the approaches relating to the [Karabakh] peace process, from our [respective] position, from our commitment to a solely pacific solution [to the conflict].”

And in response to the question as to whether there is anything new about the upcoming meetings in the Karabakh negotiation process, the FM recalled that the last respective meeting took place about two months ago, with earlier ones being held in April, March, and January. In his words, the dynamics are maintained and a continuation is planned.

Mnatsakanyan, however, preferred not to speak about any specific dates for these talks, noting that he considers it important—in principle—to adhere to the arrangement to inform about such things only after agreeing them with all parties.

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