The new Armenian President, Armen Sarkissian, who has taken office yesterday, considers Russia’s role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process to be important, TASS reports.
‘For more than 25 years, negotiations on the settlement of the conflict have been held in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group, based on the principles of settlement and elements proposed by the co-chairing countries: Russia, the United States and France,’ the president said in an interview with Russia’s TASS agency. ‘Russia plays a key role in the Karabakh peace process as one of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group.’
Sarkissian said that ’23 years ago a tripartite ceasefire in Karabakh was reached thanks to the mediation of Russia’: ‘We appreciate the mediation efforts to find a peaceful political solution to the problem. It is obvious that to resolve the problem we need political will to come to peace and harmony.’
The president pointed out that ‘in the end all regional conflicts are resolved, they are completely overcome’: ‘History saw conflicts equally cruel and dramatic.’