ArmInfo. A new route between Armenia and Artsakh does not at all imply Artsakh's isolation. It is a domestic political problem rather than a real one, Chairman of the Constructive Party of Armenia Andrias Ghukasyan said in an interview with ArmInfo.
However, he sees another serious problem. Berdzor is a repetition of the Armenian authorities' approach to Karvachar, where they assisted ethnic cleansing, with the local residents losing their property. This approach has nothing in common with the Yerevan-declared democratization, protection of human rights and freedoms.
"Yerevan behavior in connection with Artsakh is rather problematic. Moreover, in the context of the statement by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations demanding withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from Nagorno-Karabakh, it appears at least un-understandable. Armenia's position on Artsakh is not only inadequate to the efforts by the United States and France aimed at protecting the Artsakh people's legal rights, but facilitates violations of their rights by Azerbaijan," Mr Ghukasyan said.
The ongoing de-Armenianization of Berdzor and Aghavno is evidence of the Pashinyan-led government's commitment to the agreements of November 9, 2020. And Armenia's authorities are facing a problem of "legal implementation" as the property of the "corridor" residents cannot be alienated by means of a decision jointly made by Nikol Pashinyan, Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, in contrast to Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan remain Council of Europe member-states, which implies relevant property rights commitments on their part. Therefore, the Berdzor residents' property can only be alienated within law, but not the way it is being done now.
"It is a gross human rights violation, which give Armenia serious grounds for suspending the processes involving the Berdzor and Aghavno residents. However, we can see that neither Armenia's government nor the opposition forces are willing to. So it is the local residents that should file a collective complaint with the European Court of Human Rights and request an interim measure, as the applicants would otherwise face a real risk of losing their property. I am sure that, with no political pressure by the authorities, human rights campaigners in Armenia and in the Armenian Diaspora have the sufficient potential to solve the problem," Mr Ghukasyan said.