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Armenia/Azerbaijan: Minister Wants 'Honorable' Peace

Yerevan, 10 November 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Armenia's interior and national security minister said today he supports only an "honorable" peace with Azerbaijan that would involve concessions from all sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but did not elaborate on what that may involve.

Speaking at a news conference in Yerevan, Serzh Sarkisian said a "peace at all costs" is unacceptable to him. Sarkisian said mutual concessions must not "transform into unilateral concessions" on the part of the Armenian side in the course of the peace process.

He refused to comment on Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian's recent conciliatory remarks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Sarkisian argued that Ter-Petrossian did not mean to sound out the opinions of other Armenian politicians, and instead tried to trigger a public debate over possible "ways of resolving the conflict."