The Nagorno Karabakh Republic proclaimed its independence in strict compliance with the norms of international law and the existing legislation of the USSR, the Russian Federation being its legal successor.
This statement was made by NKR Foreign Minister George Petrosyan in response to the speculations over settling the Karabakh conflict based on the principles of the territorial integrity and the immunity of the borders of the states.
“The attempts of the Azerbaijani leadership to restore the obsolete borders of the Stalin era create an additional tension over the Karabakh issue and may only lead to the exacerbation of the conflict. Such was the situation in the late-1980’s and the early-1990’s when the international community recognized the results of the independence ‘referendum’ held in Azerbaijan (without the participation of the people of Karabakh) but refused to admit the results of a similar referendum held in Karabakh before that.
In the estimation of the Minister, independence is an absolute value for the people of Nagorno Karabakh, and they have no intention to waive it. “We believe the responsible international community perfectly realizes that. Many a time have we announced that any attempt of returning Karabakh and its people to the past and thus restricting their freedom is not only ineffective but also doomed to failure,” the NKR Foreign Minister said.