Kocharyan: Karabakh’s reunification with Armenia “ultimate goal” -
Former President Robert Kocharyan, through a spokesman, on Monday reacted strongly to remarks made by Armenia’s deputy foreign minister, who accused him of “playing into the hands” of Azerbaijan by his statements on Karabakh. The former leader essentially called the official, Shavarsh Kocharyan, a flip-flopper “who wants to condemn to oblivion the ultimate aim of the 1988 popular movement for Karabakh’s reunification with Armenia”, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reported.
Last week, reacting to President Serzh Sargsyan’s statement made in the context of Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union that Karabakh is legally not part of Armenia, Kocharyan, on the contrary, described Karabakh as “an integral part of Armenia”.
Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan, meanwhile, dismissed those remarks by the ex-president, saying that they could give Azerbaijan more grounds for presenting Karabakh as an “Armenian-occupied territory” and for denying the Karabakh Armenians the right to self-determination.