NKR official: Armenia shouldn’t be first to recognize Karabakh independence

NKR official: Armenia shouldn’t be first to recognize Karabakh independence

PanARMENIAN.Net - The head of the Central Information Department at NKR President's Office commented on a bill on “Recognition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic” put into circulation at Armenian parliament.

“Armenia shouldn’t be the first to recognize the independence of Nagorno Karabakh,” David Babayan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.

“Armenia will be accused of a non-constructive approach, were it to recognize Karabakh independence now. NKR independence should be recognized by other countries, for instance, Hungary which cut a criminal deal with Azerbaijan. Such a case could be viewed as atonement, rather than an unprecedented case” Babayan said.

“Armenia should keep OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs aware of the developments, with all pros and cons to be considered before taking the step. Karabakh recognition project has been repeatedly included on Armenian parliament agenda to be further turned down. Another refusal would be unacceptable,” Babayan said.

As the official noted, Karabakh talks should be intensified with NKR to be involved in negotiations. “Diaspora potential should be used to achieve Azerbaijan’s condemnation in international organizations,” the official said.

On Tuesday, September 4 Heritage parliamentary group secretary Zaruhi Postanjyan put into circulation a bill on “Recognition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic” at the National Assembly.

Earlier, Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani army officer who was serving a life sentence in Hungary for axing to death Armenian Lt. Gurgen Margaryan, was extradited to Azerbaijan and pardoned by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Official Yerevan reacted by suspending diplomatic ties with Hungary.

Hungary, however, states that it had sent Safarov back to Azerbaijan after receiving assurances from the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry that Safarov's sentence, which included the possibility of parole after 25 years, would be enforced.

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