Comment by Ashot Ghoulyan to the "" News Agency
13 November 2016

-  Mr. Ghоulyan, in the new draft Constitution there is a paragraph on the naming the Nagorno Karabakh Republic as Artsakh Republic. The international community accepts and recognizes Artsakh as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The same applies to international documents. What kind of problems can it lead to in the existing documents and how the name of Nagorno Karabakh Republic will be changed to Republic of Artsakh in the international documents?

The official name of the republic in the draft Constitution is suggested Republic of Artsakh but it does not mean that we refuse the old name of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the heritage that we have had during these 25 years.

In Part 2 of Article 1 of the Constitution it is clearly written: "The names of the Artsakh Republic and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are identical" and this means that the constitutionally secured official name of the country and the priority is given to Republic of Artsakh. According to the constitutional formulation, it may not in any way contradict to the title of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Therefore, problems associated with the existing documents so far, cannot occur. The use of the previous name of our country cannot lead to any responsibility. Just this is our country, and we are referring to it as it was called centuries ago and how is perceived today our national mentality and dream.