Artsakh cannot and will not be part of Azerbaijan. Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Foreign Minister David Babayan told this to a press conference Monday in Yerevan.
"I believe the Armenian people and Yerevan realize that perfectly. We will stand until the end. And we will never cross the red lines," the Artsakh FM stressed.
Answering the question on the status issue of Artsakh, Babayan stated that this issue is very tough, taking into account the complexity of the conflict, which is equal in complexity to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"It will not be possible to reach a settlement in a short period of time. Therefore, it is necessary to be realistic and realize that a comprehensive and final settlement is a matter of the distant future. For that, Artsakh must be preserved and cherished, and there are opportunities to preserve its de facto independence," Babayan said.
And when asked about the opinions in this regard expressed by the representatives of the ruling party in Armenia, the essence of which is that security is more important than status, Babayan emphasized. that Artsakh cannot be part of Azerbaijan or depend on it in any way.
"Azerbaijan asserts its [position], saying that 'Artsakh' does not exist. We say ours—and the OSCE Minsk Group and the international community agree with us," Babayan added.