Arminfo.info




 Wednesday, November 13 2019 11:50
Naira Badalian

Nikol Pashinyan: I am the first Armenian leader who stated that any  solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be acceptable for  the Azerbaijani people

Nikol Pashinyan: I am the first Armenian leader who stated that any  solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be acceptable for  the Azerbaijani people

ArmInfo. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan participated in the discussion in the format of a master class as part of the Second Paris Peace Forum. The  discussion was led by Stephen Erlanger, New York Times chief  diplomatic correspondent for Europe.

Introducing the Prime Minister,  Stephen Erlanger noted that Nikol Pashinyan is an interesting person,  and he has a special attitude to the head of the Armenian government,  because he is a former journalist, has been in prison several times  and has become Prime Minister of his country. "This is a very unusual  way. I am a former Moscow correspondent, I was in your country. I  want to thank you for being here," Erlanger said.  According to the  press service of the head of the Armenian government, in his speech,  the Prime Minister thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for such  an important initiative and noted that this is an important platform  for discussing modern security challenges and developing joint  formulas to overcome them.

"What do you need to know about the security situation in our  country? I must note a very strange fact: two of our four borders are  closed, the other two are half closed, so to speak. Why are they  half-closed?  Because we have a border with Iran in the south, and as  you know, there is some tension around Iran, our northern border with  Georgia, and tensions between Georgia and Russia have some negative  impact, "said Nikol Pashinyan.

 But, of course, as the prime minister  pointed out, the most important security challenge for Armenia is the  problem of Nagorno-Karabakh. Having become the Prime Minister of  Armenia and starting to take part in international relations, he  said, he was surprised to find that there are a number of  misunderstandings in the international community regarding the  Nagorno-Karabakh problem.  According to Pashinyan, anyone who is  interested in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue should know the reason for  this conflict. "First of all, the reason was the decision of the  Stalin regime to transfer Karabakh to the newly formed Soviet  Azerbaijan. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet  Union in 1986, he began the process of democratic reforms and  announced the beginning of perestroika. The vast majority of the  Karabakh population was and remains Armenian, and they had the status  autonomous region within Soviet Azerbaijan. The population of  Nagorno-Karabakh decided to seize this opportunity and withdraw from  Azerbaijan in accordance with the legislation of the USSR "he  reminded.  

"The authorities of Soviet Azerbaijan decided to suppress  this movement with the help of leverage - the police, etc. This is  how the very first stage of this conflict was formed. Then, when the  collapse of the USSR began, Azerbaijan, like many other Soviet  republics, decided to become an independent state. And the law The  USSR said that if a republic-member of the Union decides to become  independent, then the autonomous region that is part of it will  determine its future.

 Thus, along with Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh  also began the process of independence. And just as Azerbaijan  separated from the USSR, so Karabakh separated from Azerbaijan. As a  result, Azerbaijan decided to use force, forcing and suppressing the  people of Nagorno-Karabakh, he started a war. Ethnic cleansing began  in many areas of Nagorno-Karabakh, and as a result, the Armenian  population of Nagorno- Karabakh - about 80-85% of the total  population, began self-defense. And it turned out that they were able  to do this. They made Azerbaijan come to terms with the situation.   On May 12, 1995, a ceasefire agreement was signed between Azerbaijan,  Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.  After that, and even before that, the  negotiation process began, a format for negotiations was developed.   According to the decisions of international authorities, this format  had three parties: Azerbaijan, Nagorno- Karabakh and Armenia.  The  negotiation process began in 1992. For a long time, Nagorno-Karabakh  has been included in the negotiation process as a party. By the way,  meetings were held between the leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh and  Azerbaijan, as well as the ministers of defense of Azerbaijan,  Nagorno-Karabakh and the Republic of Armenia. Unfortunately, the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has not yet been resolved. "Continued Nikol  Pashinyan.

 There are several reasons for this, as the head of the  Armenian cabinet emphasized. Firstly, in 1998, Nagorno-Karabakh was  excluded from the negotiation process. As a result (not only because  of this, but also because of this factor including), Azerbaijan now  refuses to negotiate with Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku even refuses to  negotiate in the format of the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk  Group, which includes Russia, France and the United States. However,  according to this format, there are three parties to the negotiations  - Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.  On the other hand, the  Azerbaijani government claims that Nagorno-Karabakh should be part of  Azerbaijan. "But this is a very strange statement, because it is  impossible to understand how the Azerbaijani government can consider  Nagorno-Karabakh as part of its territorial integrity, but at the  same time refuse to engage in dialogue with him. Isn't it strange?  Azerbaijani leaders say they want to see Nagorno-Karabakh as part Of  Azerbaijan, but they refuse to negotiate with the people of Nagorno-  Karabakh.

What does this mean? Only one thing: unfortunately, the  Azerbaijani authorities are not going to talk with these people and  negotiate with them, because they they are territories, not people.  More precisely, they need territories without people, "said  Pashinyan.  According to the RA Prime Minister, the policy of  Armenian-phobia extends further. Foreigners visiting Nagorno-Karabakh  are on the black list of Azerbaijan. A citizen of any country that  has an Armenian surname or is of Armenian descent cannot enter  Azerbaijan. This was the case with a US citizen, a Bloomberg  journalist, a Turkish orchestra musician, an eight-year-old child,  and an eighty-year-old Russian pensioner. "Recently, the driver was  arrested only for listening to Armenian music in the car," Pashinyan  recalled.  

"The most notorious incident occurred with Arsenal player  Heinrich Mkhitaryan, who missed the final match of the Europa League  in Baku just a few months ago. Azerbaijani authorities even banned  T-shirts with the name of Mkhitaryan, and people passing by in such  shirts on the streets of Baku were detained by police. What will  happen next? "the prime minister asked.  According to Pashinyan, it  is obvious that real efforts are needed to solve the problem. "We  have, so to speak, equal opportunities with the leaders of  Azerbaijan, the leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh to solve the problem," he  said.  Pashinyan recalled that at the very beginning of his tenure,  he stated that any solution to the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict should  be acceptable to the peoples of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and  Armenia. "I am the first Armenian leader who stated that any solution  to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be acceptable for the  Azerbaijani people. And the opposition of our country asks why  Armenia should take care of the interests of the people of  Azerbaijan.  

My answer is very simple: because I am convinced that if  we want to find a stable solution to this problem, we must take into  account the interests of all parties involved. I made this statement  in the hope that we will hear a similar statement from the leadership  of Azerbaijan, from my colleague Ilham Aliyev. If we heard a similar  statement from Mr. Aliyev, this would be a real breakthrough in the  negotiation process. From this very important platform (Paris Peace  Forum), I want to urge our partners to make such a statement that the  solution of the problem should be acceptable to the peoples of  Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Republic of Armenia.

Of course,  this is not an easy problem, but if we took responsibility for the  future of our peoples, which also means the future of the region,  which means the future of our world, we must make real efforts to  achieve real change," - said Prime Minister Pashinyan.

POST A COMMENT
Input digits     

News
Artsakh will not be a part of Azerbaijan - Nagorno-Karabakh foreign  office Artsakh will not be a part of Azerbaijan - Nagorno-Karabakh foreign  office 
U.S. committed to ensuring peaceful future in South Caucasus region -  Philip ReekerU.S. committed to ensuring peaceful future in South Caucasus region -  Philip Reeker
Russian Ambassador: There can be no sustainable peace without just  settlement of conflictRussian Ambassador: There can be no sustainable peace without just  settlement of conflict
Russian Ambassador: CSTO does not seek expansion by putting pressure  on its membersRussian Ambassador: CSTO does not seek expansion by putting pressure  on its members
Armenian FM holds separate meetings with his counterparts from  Slovakia, SloveniaArmenian FM holds separate meetings with his counterparts from  Slovakia, Slovenia
FMs of Armenia, Portugal are considering possibilities of establishing business relations between  two countries FMs of Armenia, Portugal are considering possibilities of establishing business relations between  two countries 
Oppositionist: Parliaments of France and Artsakh make statements,  while National Assembly of Armenia refuses to discuss a similar  documentOppositionist: Parliaments of France and Artsakh make statements,  while National Assembly of Armenia refuses to discuss a similar  document
Pashinyan, Reeker discuss formation of international mechanism for  negotiations between Stepanakert and BakuPashinyan, Reeker discuss formation of international mechanism for  negotiations between Stepanakert and Baku
Suren Papikyan refuses to comment on possible purchase of weapons  from IndiaSuren Papikyan refuses to comment on possible purchase of weapons  from India
Armenian FM briefs OSCE Secretary General on fragile security  situation in regionArmenian FM briefs OSCE Secretary General on fragile security  situation in region
Armenia`s National Assembly  discusses draft statement in response  to Azerbaijani parliament`s statementArmenia`s National Assembly  discusses draft statement in response  to Azerbaijani parliament`s statement
Armenian FM: Targeted and principled assessments of intl. community  can contribute to establishment of stability in South CaucasusArmenian FM: Targeted and principled assessments of intl. community  can contribute to establishment of stability in South Caucasus
In the current conditions, international presence on the ground and a  clear attitude towards aggression and the aggressor state are as  important as never before - MirzoyanIn the current conditions, international presence on the ground and a  clear attitude towards aggression and the aggressor state are as  important as never before - Mirzoyan
AMD 4․653․223 to AMD 4․653․223 to "Aren Mehrabyan" foundation: beneficiary of "The Power of One Dram" for December is the Health Fund for Children of Armenia
Borrell, Mirzoyan discuss ways to advance on regional peace building Borrell, Mirzoyan discuss ways to advance on regional peace building 
The President of Turkmenistan received the minister of energy of the Islamic Republic of IranThe President of Turkmenistan received the minister of energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Armenian FM presents situation in South Caucasus to his counterparts  from Estonia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Greece Armenian FM presents situation in South Caucasus to his counterparts  from Estonia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Greece 
Foreign Ministry provides details of meeting of representatives of  Armenia, Turkey on borderForeign Ministry provides details of meeting of representatives of  Armenia, Turkey on border
U.S. Embassy in Armenia welcomes Ambassador Philip Reeker to YerevanU.S. Embassy in Armenia welcomes Ambassador Philip Reeker to Yerevan
Lavrov: Alma-Ata Declaration envisages Nagorno-Karabakh as part of  AzerbaijanLavrov: Alma-Ata Declaration envisages Nagorno-Karabakh as part of  Azerbaijan
BeechCraft 95 private plane that crashed in Armenia was on  Yerevan-Astrakhan routeBeechCraft 95 private plane that crashed in Armenia was on  Yerevan-Astrakhan route
Paris: Resolution on assistance to Armenia does not reflect the  official position of FranceParis: Resolution on assistance to Armenia does not reflect the  official position of France
Armenian, Czech FMs discuss South CaucasusArmenian, Czech FMs discuss South Caucasus
Ardshinbank holds a campaign 10000 AMD for every 300th client making a money transferArdshinbank holds a campaign 10000 AMD for every 300th client making a money transfer
Director of Law and Justice Center briefs Australian officials on  Azerbaijani aggressionDirector of Law and Justice Center briefs Australian officials on  Azerbaijani aggression
Armenian NA speaker welcomes French Senate`s resolution in support of  ArmeniaArmenian NA speaker welcomes French Senate`s resolution in support of  Armenia
"Without accountability, there isn`t justice"  - Bob Menendez
Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations 
French National Assembly unanimously adopts resolution calling for  sanctions against AzerbaijanFrench National Assembly unanimously adopts resolution calling for  sanctions against Azerbaijan
Ambassador: Chile unequivocally stands for the principle of conflict  resolution without the use of forceAmbassador: Chile unequivocally stands for the principle of conflict  resolution without the use of force
NA MP presents to French Ambassador situation resulted from  Azerbaijani aggression NA MP presents to French Ambassador situation resulted from  Azerbaijani aggression 
MP: MP: "Civil Contract" to take part in extraordinary meeting of NA,  initiated by opposition
Parliamentary form of government in Armenia to be retainedParliamentary form of government in Armenia to be retained
Actual directions for the development of Turkmen-Korean cooperation determinedActual directions for the development of Turkmen-Korean cooperation determined
Ameria PhonePOS.  New application for receiving non-cash payments with a smartphoneAmeria PhonePOS.  New application for receiving non-cash payments with a smartphone
Artsakh Defense Army refutes another misinformation of Azerbaijani  sideArtsakh Defense Army refutes another misinformation of Azerbaijani  side
Armenia and Artsakh attacked five times since end of 44-day war - MPArmenia and Artsakh attacked five times since end of 44-day war - MP
Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations 
Centrist Democrat International issues statement on situation in  Armenia Centrist Democrat International issues statement on situation in  Armenia 
Armenia, Germany agree to more intensively develop high-level  political dialogueArmenia, Germany agree to more intensively develop high-level  political dialogue
Russian peacekeepers record violation of ceasefire by Azerbaijani  armed forces in Shushi regionRussian peacekeepers record violation of ceasefire by Azerbaijani  armed forces in Shushi region
MoD: Armenian serviceman was injured by enemy gun fireMoD: Armenian serviceman was injured by enemy gun fire
There are media reports saying that Brussels has not given up on idea  of organizing meeting between leaders of Armenia, AzerbaijanThere are media reports saying that Brussels has not given up on idea  of organizing meeting between leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan
Poll: To counter Azerbaijani aggression, it is necessary to arm and  fight backPoll: To counter Azerbaijani aggression, it is necessary to arm and  fight back
Poll: Armenia is against granting the population of Artsakh the  status of an ethnic minority within AzerbaijanPoll: Armenia is against granting the population of Artsakh the  status of an ethnic minority within Azerbaijan
Poll: About half of the country`s respondents do not support any  political force in ArmeniaPoll: About half of the country`s respondents do not support any  political force in Armenia
Poll: Armenian citizens still rely on Russia, but are disappointed in  CSTOPoll: Armenian citizens still rely on Russia, but are disappointed in  CSTO
Reborn Armenia party ceases its activity in ParliamentReborn Armenia party ceases its activity in Parliament
Armenia needs to Armenia needs to "distance itself from dependence" on Russia without  seceding from CSTO
Valerie Boyer once again warns international community against  turning blind eye to Azerbaijan`s aggression against ArmeniaValerie Boyer once again warns international community against  turning blind eye to Azerbaijan`s aggression against Armenia
Armenian Security Council Secretary holds meetings in Paris Armenian Security Council Secretary holds meetings in Paris 
ANCA calls for close Senate scrutiny of next U.S. ambassador to  ArmeniaANCA calls for close Senate scrutiny of next U.S. ambassador to  Armenia
Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations 
 Ardshinbank is the exclusive sponsor of Vladimir Spivakov`s charity concert Ardshinbank is the exclusive sponsor of Vladimir Spivakov`s charity concert
Artsakh President convenes working consultation Artsakh President convenes working consultation 
Mirzoyan: Azerbaijan responded to Armenia`s proposals on a peace  treaty only yesterdayMirzoyan: Azerbaijan responded to Armenia`s proposals on a peace  treaty only yesterday
Mirzoyan: Armenia offered its assistance to Azerbaijan in deciphering  maps of minefieldsMirzoyan: Armenia offered its assistance to Azerbaijan in deciphering  maps of minefields
Another dollar tranche of bonds from IDBankAnother dollar tranche of bonds from IDBank
Ruben Vardanyan: The issue of Nagorno-Karabakh should be resolved  through separate negotiationsRuben Vardanyan: The issue of Nagorno-Karabakh should be resolved  through separate negotiations
AraratBank acts as an underwriter of National Mortgage Company RCO bonds   AraratBank acts as an underwriter of National Mortgage Company RCO bonds  
Read more



Commented