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Artsakh's [Nagorno-Karabakh] status should be based on the right of Artsakh Armenians to self-determination, Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian told a briefing with the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.

According to the FM, the Armenian side views the statement as a document aimed at restoring the truce. Although it contains elements of a settlement, the most important thing is missing - a status based on the right of the Armenians of Artsakh to self-determination. The settlement will be completed only within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship, the minister added.

Aivazian noted that the latest developments in the region have shown the need for a strong co-chairmanship of the Minsk Group, and a strong, cohesive OSCE as a body responsible for peace. In this context, he highlighted the important work of the Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office.

"Armenia and the Armenian people always stand for peace. As a nation that survived the first genocide of the 20th century, we know the price of peace and security. Armenia stood for peace at all stages of the settlement. [...] The destruction of Artsakh, the Armenian Hadrut, the destruction of Armenian settlements, and the construction of Azerbaijani settlements in their place cannot give a long and lasting peace," he added.

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