ArmInfo. The parents of the missing and prisoners of war refuse to go in groups to the building of the defense department for negotiations and demand that the minister of defense come out to them. Independent MP Sofya Hovsepyan stated this in an interview with journalists in front of the building of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, where the parents of the missing and prisoners of war are holding a protest action.
She also added that now the head of the RA Police Vahe Ghazaryan has also arrived at the Ministry of Defense, who, after talking with the parents, entered the Ministry of Defense. "Let's wait and see how the situation will develop further. The parents' demand to invite everyone inside was also not satisfied, so they refused to enter negotiations in groups," the lawmaker said, adding that she did not know what prevented the Minister of Defense from going out to the people.
"I don't know, you should probably ask the minister. As you can see, I'm here since morning, not constrained by anything, and I think that the Minister of Defense should not be constrained when meeting with the audience. Apparently this is their approach," - she said.
When asked to comment on the words of the head of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno- Karabakh that the return of prisoners of war was not planned yesterday and it was a manipulation by the Armenian authorities, Hovsepyan noted that she knew about it yesterday. "We need to ask the authorities. Yesterday I spoke with them (Russian peacekeepers - ed. note) and they were surprised that the authorities were spreading information about the return of prisoners of war. In particular, that the prisoners of war should have been brought by Muradov, who did not know about it. Moreover, he was surprised that the information came from the office of the Prime Minister and had already been passed on by the lawmaker to the parents of the prisoners of war. At least they were not informed. It is difficult for me to say what was the purpose of disseminating this information, "said the lawmaker adding that the parents did not believe when she told them about the falsity of the information and arrived at the airport.
She also said that she was informed about the paralysis of the roads of the Shirak region. "The parents demand a meeting with the prime minister. Although, yesterday they had an agreement to hold such a meeting today at 16:00 in the government. However, something went wrong and they now demand that the prime minister come to them," she said, adding that a meeting with the head of the National Security Service of Armenia is planned in order to understand what the goal was pursued by yesterday's myth. The MP also agreed that Armenia's position on the return of prisoners of war has always been softer, while Azerbaijan made more radical statements, as evidenced by yesterday's statement by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry. In her opinion Armenia should take a tougher position and demand the return of all persons held by Baku in accordance with paragraph 8 of the statement of November 9, 2020. In conclusion, she expressed her conviction that the root of all Armenia's troubles is the inaction of the authorities.
Meanwhile, the deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament Vahe Enfiajyan expressed his conviction that the parents of the missing soldiers should not be subjected to such ordeal. "We should not give hope and then disappoint. No matter how well we understand and realize the mental state of the parents, nevertheless, only they feel the ineffable difficulties that they have to overcome every day for about 6 months.
At the level of responsible persons, it is announced that the prisoners are being returned, but the plane lands empty. A separate topic is the unacceptable attitude towards parents. The statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister that the issue of prisoners is closed is a separate topic for discussion, "Enfiajian wrote on his Facebook page.
Earlier, the head of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh, Rustam Muradov, called the message of the Armenian authorities about the return of a group of prisoners of war from Baku a false provocation.
So, General Muradov clarifying to the journalist why yesterday the prisoners of war did not arrive, as stated by the Armenian authorities, in particular said: "False provocation, ask them. They are misleading the population. "At the same time, he stressed that the return was planned neither, but there was only another regular visit.
Note that the situation in front of the building of the Armenian Defense Ministry continues to remain tense. The parents of the missing and prisoners are not going to leave until the leadership of the Ministry of Defense comes to them. The head of the RA Police is also at the scene.