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Friday, March 16, 2018

The state Duma: the draft law on the independence of Nagorno Karabakh may provoke an armed conflict

The Armenian government approved the draft law of the opposition of recognizing the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the state Duma warned that the initiative might provoke an armed conflict, and the Kremlin called for avoiding steps that could disrupt the fragile truce in the region.

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The government of Armenia on Thursday approved the bill on recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), initiated by the opposition deputies. According to Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan, the initiative of the deputies was the result of negotiations between Yerevan and Stepanakert, reports “Interfax”.

As expected, on 10 may, the paper will consider the country’s Parliament. At the same time, Kocharian had earlier stated that the issue of recognition of Karabakh will be considered only in case of Azerbaijan’s aggression. In turn, the press Secretary of the President of Armenia’s Vladimir Hakobyan noted that in the case of Yerevan’s recognition of NKR independence information about this will come from Serzh Sargsyan.

The representatives of Azerbaijan had previously warned that Armenia’s recognizing Nagorno Karabakh independence would lead to the termination of the negotiation process, which is conducted under the mediation of the OSCE Minsk group co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States.

The Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky comments RBC has called the late enactment of the bill, which can provoke Baku and hinder the negotiation process.

“The bill could enshrine the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh in the understanding of the Yerevan and thereby cause a sharp rejection of the official Baku. I would not want to “croak”, but this decision may lead to the escalation of violence on the border, which is unacceptable,” — said Slutsky.

The Kremlin calls on the parties to the conflict to avoid steps that “can disrupt the rather fragile truce and bring in General to the escalation of tensions” in the region. This was stated to journalists the press-Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. However, he noted that Yerevan has not discussed with Moscow the bill on recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, reports TASS.

In early April, in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The fighting, which has killed several dozen people, became the most serious outbreak of violence since 1992, when the conflict was frozen.

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