ArmInfo. At this stage in Artsakh there is a struggle between the past and the past. Commenting on the recent internal political processes in the republic, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh Arman Melikyan expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.
"Such a struggle contains a negative and is aimed solely at fragmentation of the Artsakh society. Meanwhile, in my opinion, the settling of old accounts should remain outside the framework of state- building. Artsakh needs a president who is not a hostage of internal, interpersonal, intergovernmental contradictions that are not in doubt in the use of force in the resolution of domestic political issues. This person should not be associated with money and weapons ", he stressed.
According to Melikyan, it is possible to find a similar, acceptable for everyone presidential candidate in Artsakh today. However, for this, competing political teams need to come to a full awareness of their own responsibility for the common future of the Armenian people as a nation. According to his forecasts, in the absence of such a compromise candidate, the prospect of growing internal confrontation, including civil clashes, will acquire real outlines. He is convinced of the need to prevent such a scenario.
According to Melikyan, if Bako Sahakyan, Samvel Babayan, Arayik Harutyunyan, Vitali Balasanyan and other important Artsakh political actors agree on a mutually acceptable presidential candidate, after the elections, the Artsakh Republic will have the opportunity to significantly strengthen its own international positions, moreover, both in the eyes of the international community and the OSCE Minsk Group mediators, as well as Azerbaijan. Such a common candidate will also allow raising the level of cooperation between Yerevan and Stepanakert to a completely new level. Otherwise, according to his forecasts, new risks and challenges may emerge in the negotiation process.
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