ArmInfo. It is pointless to talk about what happened in the past, simply because it no longer plays a real role in today's realities. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by Artsakh social and political figure, publicist Vahram Atanesyan.
"The fact, that in 1997-98 Armenia actually failed the stage-by-stage option for resolving the Artsakh conflict, thereby missing the opportunity to establish peace of course, should certainly be recorded. This is the essence of the problem, and the rest, including Pashinyan's statements in 2018, have absolutely no meaning. Today we are faced with a very unfavorable geopolitical situation, while any path towards the formation of a different situation requires the regulation of relations with neighboring countries," he said.
Describing the current geopolitical situation in which Armenia and Artsakh are today as extremely complex and full of challenges and threats, Atanesyan noted that in such chaos, a time may well come when no one will be worried about the fate of the Artsakh Armenians at all. Just like today, by and large, no one cares about the fate of the Syrians or Ukrainians. In his opinion, in such a situation, making thunderous statements excluding this or that scenario around Artsakh, has nothing to do with Realpolitik (from German real 'realistic, practical, actual', and Politik 'politics', ed. note).
In this light, purely humanly, as a resident of Artsakh, not welcoming Prime Minister Pashinyan's latest statement, according to which any status of Artsakh that ensures the security, freedoms and rights of Artsakh Armenians can be considered a solution to the conflict, Atanesyan believes that there is simply no alternative in the current conditions.
"These conditions are the balance of power following the results of the 44-day war, the international political situation, the inability of the Armenian side, which won in 1994, to achieve recognition of the independence of the second Armenian state from Baku within 26 years. Under such conditions, even ensuring the rights of Artsakh Armenians is a prospect that still needs to be achieved, especially against the backdrop of Azerbaijani post-war appetites," Atanesyan summed up.