ArmInfo. "A little earlier, we learned from the information resources of Nagorno-Karabakh that the NK authorities accepted the proposal of the RPC command for a ceasefire from noon. We have read the text of the statement. The Republic of Armenia did not take part in its development and was not a party to the discussions," said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during a Facebook live broadcast.
He drew attention to the fact that the text states that an agreement has been reached on the withdrawal of "the remaining units and military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia" from Nagorno-Karabakh.
"This fact is not entirely clear to us considering that we have repeatedly said that since August 2021, Armenia does not have an army in NK. But, in any case, we take note of this statement of Nagorno- Karabakh and its acceptance by the NK authorities," he said.
As Pashinyan pointed out, the next problem concerns the security of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh. Logically, if the RPC made this proposal, we assume that they have undertaken an obligation to fully and unconditionally protect the Armenians of NK, and that means ensuring the rights of Armenians to live with dignity and safety in their homes, on their land, he explained. At the same time, as the prime minister noted, the role of guarantor of the rights of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh was assigned to the RPC by a tripartite statement in 2020.
"We hope that by taking such a step, Russian peacekeepers will fully fulfill their obligations, in connection with which we previously had reservations," Pashinyan noted.
According to the prime minister, mentioning the name of Republic of Armenia in a text "which has basically nothing to do with the Republic of Armenia " justifies his hypothesis, voiced yesterday, that one of the goals of the aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh was to involve Armenia in hostilities. "If it were possible to involve Armenia in a war, then the deep goal of this action would be the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Armenia," he pointed out.
According to the latest data received from Nagorno-Karabakh, the intensity of military operations has decreased sharply, Pashinyan noted. "I can't say it's stopped, but it's decreasing dramatically.We hope that military escalation will not continue. We will continue to monitor developments and will share with you if there is anything more to say," he said, once again emphasizing that the most important issue is that the right of Armenians to live in their own homes to be completely ensured by Russian peacekeepers. Yerevan may also exchange views with international partners on this situation, Nikol Pashinyan concluded.