VILNIUS. – The Nagorno-Karabakh issue is not only a territorial conflict, as it is often attempted to be presented, but an issue of values, individual freedom of, historical justice and right of people’s to self-determination, Armenian Ambassador to Lithuania Ara Ayvazyan said in an interview with DELFI agency.
“All these values are the basis of the current European Union,” the Ambassador said adding one of the advantages of Armenia is the integration into the European family, as European and universal values are of much importance to Armenians.
However, the other party to the conflict rejected these values and Armenia was forced to enter war. The ceasefire has been declared for 18 year. The peculiarity is that the dividing line is not secured by the peacekeeping troops. The international community granted the OSCE Minsk Group (France, Russia and the United States) a mandate to run talks to resolve the conflict.
The Ambassador also mentioned that the Lithuanian FM Audronius Ažubalis last year brought forward an initiative calling to withdraw the snipers from the contact line. Generally, the Lithuanian FM attempts actively to realize the initiative and to install the mechanisms of investigation into the incidents on the line of the contact. However, these efforts failed not because of the Armenian side.
Asked whether there is any danger to increase tension between Yerevan and Baku due to the CSTO exercises scheduled for September, the Ambassador said that the maneuvers are not targeted against the a third state.
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