ArmInfo. At one time, former President Serzh Sargsyan was ready to cede 7 regions and half of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan. This was announced by acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan during Government Hour in Parliament, answering a question from MP Tigran Urikhanyan.
In particular, Pashinyan recalled the interview of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to the Russia Today agency on November 17, 2016, in which he "literally said that they were ready to cede 7 regions to Azerbaijan. But Azerbaijan demanded more." "Each time Azerbaijan put forward new demands. I will tell you more - Serzh Sargsyan would have given Azerbaijan even more, up to half of Karabakh, but Azerbaijan said <no>, " he said.
Acting Prime Minister recalled his words, which sounded on May 3 in parliament. He then, according to him, revealed "new layers" of the content of the talks on Karabakh," which could not have been made public earlier due to certain restrictions," stating that years would pass and the public would learn about Serzh Sragsyan's letter to the OSCE MG mediators. "From the letter we learn that Sargsyan had some concern about a possible referendum, and it is not indicated where it will be held, but it is indicated that there should be an opportunity for the free expression of the will of the entire population ( of Nagorno- Karabakh - Ed. note), and Sargsyan had concern about how many Azerbaijanis will be considered the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, "Pashinyan said then.
"I was surprised that the Republicans (RPA, Ed. note) reacted to my statement, noting that the population equivalent to the population of Karabakh in the Soviet period should have taken part in the referendum," Pashinyan said. In this case, according to him, if one is to believe the official statistics, one should bear in mind that during the Soviet era, 40 thousand Azerbaijanis lived in Karabakh. "And if these 40 thousand Azerbaijanis received the status of residents of Karabakh, then I ask where they were supposed to live?"
Pursuing this line of thought, Pashinyan noted that even if we assume that 40 thousand Azerbaijanis will restore their status as residents of Nagorno-Karabakh, then we can assume that they will live where they previously lived. In addition, as Pashinyan pointed out, even if we assume that 40 thousand Azerbaijanis and 130 thousand Armenians of Karabakh would take part in the referendum, and the Armenian population would self-determine by a majority of votes, then the question of guarantees arises that these 40 thousand Azerbaijanis , in turn, would not want to define themselves.
Pashinyan also does not understand where the referendum was supposed to take place - in Karabakh alone or throughout the territory of Azerbaijan. According to him, for all the onerousness of the negotiating document that was on Sargsyan's table, Azerbaijan did not agree with it. As Pashinyan emphasized, the previous government did everything to ensure that Armenia capitulated.