MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (PanARMENIAN.Net) — The launch of the Nagorno Karabagh Forum was held here on Friday September 2 with a team of social activists, academics and lawmakers “whose task is to enrich and promote the country’s position of support for a peaceful solution of the conflict between Nagorno Karabagh and Azerbaijan.”
The forum participants included Senators Ruben Martinez and Rafael Michelini Huelmo, Deputies Pablo Abdala, Susana Pereyra and Daniel Radio, as well as lawyer Oscar Lopez Goldaracena, historian Gerardo Caetano and former Vice Foreign Minister Belela Herrera. The latter two co-chaired the group.
The members of the forum signed of a manifesto which, among other things, confirms the work of the participants in favor of “a peaceful settlement of the issue of Nagorno Karabagh” and “defending the right of its population to develop a free and sovereign country in their ancestral homeland, without threats or violence.”
The document also endorses “the mediation efforts by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe” and urges the international community to continue its efforts to “ensure respect for the agreements reached, put a stop on war rhetoric and discourage the parties to further deepen the wounds that the conflict has caused with new armed clashes.”
“We want them to know that in Uruguay, thousands of kilometers away from Karabagh, there are other people who are not indifferent,” said Deputy Radio after reading the manifesto. “What we are doing is an act of justice,” added Michelini.
Lopez Goldaracena, meanwhile, spoke from the perspective of law: “The people of Nagorno-Karabagh have already ‘self-determined’, because they chose their model of a free sovereign state.”