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Two basic principles of international law—the self-determination of nations and territorial integrity—can be put on the basis for the settlement of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) conflict. Artur Ghazinyan, leader of the One Armenia opposition party, posted this on Facebook.

"Azerbaijan's long-standing dream is to present the conflict as a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, where international practice prefers to defend territorial integrity," he added, in particular. "The Armenian side, very well aware of this risk, has presented the Artsakh conflict as the exercise of the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination in accordance with the requirements of local and international law. Nations struggling for their self-determination are granted the status of subject to international law and make use of all the rights and opportunities afforded by international law.

Presenting the Artsakh conflict as self-determination of nations, recognizing the independence of Artsakh at some point, then deciding its future destiny through direct expression of the will of the people of Artsakh is in Armenia's vital interest.

This is especially important with the existence of the prospect of the Artsakh conflict being resolved on an international-real level, which was first raised during the Munich debate [between the Armenian PM and the Azerbaijani president].

Any word, thought or action that would weaken Artsakh's international-legal subjectivity would be seen as a direct representation and support of Azerbaijani interests—with all subsequent legal and political consequences.

And always remember: Artsakh has never been and never will be within Azerbaijan."

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