13:02 May. 5, 2016
Country's government adopts bill on conflict region Azerbaijan considers its own territory
Armenia could possibly recognise the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, the separatist-controlled region in western Azerbaijan. The relevant bill has been adopted by the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers.
According to local media outlet News.am, the country's government has passed the document to the Parliament for approval.
"Recognition of the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is due to the results of discussions between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, considering further developments, including external factors", as stated by the Armenian officials.
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It is also reported Yerevan didn't recognise the region earlier because of the negotiation process in Minsk, where Armenia, Azerbaijan, and OSCE were discussing the possible status of the territory.
However, Yerevan claims Baku rejected any solution to the issue, which "did not coincide with the country's borders".
Nagorno-Karabakh is located in Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians. As the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, it was the site of a bloody separatist war, which took lives of some 30,000 people. Since then, the landlocked region has run its own affairs with heavy military and financial backing from Armenia.