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 Wednesday, May 24 2023 18:36

Armenia`s neighbors are not the Netherlands or Luxembourg - MP

Armenia`s neighbors are not the Netherlands or Luxembourg - MP

ArmInfo.Today we are faced with a choice, our thoughts and hearts collide, due to the fact that the task of  protecting the interests of the state represented by the Republic of  Armenia is not consistent with the national interests and algorithms  of the Armenian world. This idea was expressed in an interview with  the media by a well-known Armenian businessman, member of parliament,  member of the ruling political team, head of the United Labor Party  of Armenia Gurgen Arsenyan.

Asenyan declared his full support for the policies pursued by Prime  Minister Nikol Pashinyan, including on the peace agenda. "With both  hands I will defend the peace agenda, which will lead to the mutual  recognition by Armenia and Azerbaijan of the territorial integrity of  those territorial coordinates that were adopted in 1991 by the CIS  countries (Almaty Declaration, ed. note).

The MP expressed the opinion that, unlike the state interests, which  are within the competence of Armenian politicians and their area of  responsibility, the complex of national interests is more connected  with numerous external factors that the state is not able to  influence today. "And we often do not understand where and how these  factors manifest themselves, where these flows come from and what  they are connected with, including which foreign special services.

"Yes, our compatriots live in Artsakh, but they also live in Javakhk,  in Beirut,  in Glendale, and in Australia, and our task is to look  after the interests of our state, protect it, ensure the safety of  our residents," said Arsenyan, noting that this is the primary task  today, the task that should be the main goal of the political  leadership of the country, and all other issues only follow from this  agenda. <I am not going to dispute the fact that such a policy can  lead to difficulties for our compatriots in Artsakh. We understand  this, therefore, during the negotiations, our politicians raise the  issue of guarantees related to the safety of the life of our  compatriots, their fundamental rights. Despite the fact that the  leadership of Azerbaijan has not yet taken any steps in this  direction, however, I believe that it thereby increases pressure in  order to strengthen its negotiating positions>, Arsenyan said.

He reminded journalists that politics is the art of the possible,  including speaking about the unfulfilled election promises of the  Pashinyan political team to de-occupy some parts of Hadrut and  Shushi, noting that the issue of the return of the inhabitants of  these territories is also a subject of negotiations. <What is  happening is a reality and this reality cannot be ignored. We must  distance ourselves from adventurism and abandon processes that could  lead to tragic consequences for Armenia," Arsenyan believes.

He stressed that the Republic of Armenia is the only Armenian state  and no politician has the right to jeopardize this existence in the  presence of asymmetric threats. "We must understand that our  neighbors are not the Netherlands or Luxenburg, and no matter how  difficult it is for us, we must find opportunities for peaceful  coexistence with them," Arsenyan noted.

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