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 Friday, April 16 2021 14:56
David Stepanyan

Politician: De-occupation of Artsakh is possible only in the Minsk  format

Politician: De-occupation of Artsakh is possible only in the Minsk  format

ArmInfo. Negotiations in the direction of de-occupation of Artsakh, the very achievement of the return of the territories captured by Azerbaijan during the 44-day  war to Artsakh are possible only in the format of the OSCE Minsk  Group. The chairman of the European Party of Armenia, Tigran  Khzmalyan, expressed such  opinion to ArmInfo.

"The mediation of the United States and France as co-chairs of the  Minsk Group in the settlement is the only way in this direction,  taking into account the actual suspension of Russia's own  participation in this format. In this light, I would like to note the  recent call of the OSCE Minsk Group Co - Chairs to start a political  dialogue with the aim of achieving a comprehensive settlement of the  conflict on the basis of well-known principles," he stressed.

In this context, Khzmalyan recalled the proposals of the co-chairs  made in the first days of last year's war in October to start  negotiations, to which Prime Minister Pashinyan responded by sending  Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan to Moscow, who concluded a truce  with Azerbaijan that lasted a couple of minutes. After that, it was  Pashinyan who preferred Russian peacekeepers in response to US  proposals to consider the option of deploying peacekeepers from the  Scandinavian countries in the conflict region.

In this context, the EPA leader stressed that the MG has never given  up trying to change the situation around the conflict. Moreover, it  was the American and French co-chairs who tried for years to resolve  the conflict taking into account the Armenian interests. And even  today, in contrast to Moscow and Baku, they claim that the Artsakh  issue is not resolved at all. And that it can only be resolved in  accordance with and on the basis of international law.

Khzmalyan also recalled how earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin,  without holding back, admitted to his own authorship of the text of  the trilateral statement of November 9. He described the latter as  Moscow's recognition of its own participation in the organization of  the 44-day war, and, in fact, its shameful results both for Armenia  and for Russia itself.

In this light, Khzmalyan described the statement made by Armenian  Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on April 14 from the rostrum of the  parliament that an attack on Armenia means an attack on Russia as  absurd and distorting geopolitical realities. He expressed his  conviction that by making such statements, the Armenian Prime  Minister is showing unacceptable irresponsibility, since in this way  he blocks all possible ways for Armenia to get out of the current  situation. 


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