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"You were not mandated to recognize Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan" -  Munich Armenian community rep 

"You were not mandated to recognize Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan" -  Munich Armenian community rep 

ArmInfo."The citizens of Armenia did not give you a mandate to recognize Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan. You were given a mandate to defend the right to self- determination, as stated in your party's election program," a citizen told Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan at his meeting with representatives of the Armenian community in Munich. 

"You have been in office for 6 years now. At the beginning of your  tenure in this post, you stated that you were starting negotiations  from your own point, and from that moment you took full  responsibility for the process of resolving the Artsakh conflict.  'Artsakh is Armenia, and full stop!" (Pashinyan's statement - ed.),  and as a result we have human and territorial losses, a shameful  statement of November 9, a defeated prime minister of a defeated  country, a lost Motherland: Then the prime minister of the defeated  country proclaimed an era of peace and we lost the sovereign  territories of Armenia. You recognized Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan,  in response - the blocking of the Lachin corridor and the final  de-Armenianization of Artsakh and now we face the threat of a new  military escalation. Mr. Pashinyan, we recorded all these failures  during your reign, I am sure that you will now find many reasons and  justifications, as over the past 6 years, but you were not elected  for this, but to ensure the security of the country. Do you have the  courage to take responsibility and leave politics, since today  Armenia is on the 'altar'?" the citizen asked. 

Pashinyan recalled that during term of office he had already resigned  twice and was appointed prime minister following the results of early  parliamentary elections. In this regard, as the prime minister  pointed out, he cannot simply refuse the mandate entrusted by the  people to the ruling party.

The prime minister stressed that he disagrees with the formulation  "lost homeland". According to the head of the Cabinet, the homeland  is the territory of the Republic of Armenia, and we must concentrate  on the development of this particular territory.

As for the right to self-determination, according to Pashinyan, this  concept "on which the entire policy of Armenia was based, starting in  1994 and even earlier, actually had a different meaning." "For a long  time we were not aware of very important circumstances. In December  1996, the Lisbon OSCE summit took place, at which the chairman of the  summit announced an explanation of the concept of the 'right to self-  determination.' His statement indicated that this position is shared  by the entire international community, except Armenia, namely that  "the Nagorno-Karabakh problem should be resolved on the basis of the  implementation of the right of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination  in the status of high autonomy within the Republic of Azerbaijan.  This is our fundamental problem," he said.

According to him, the problem is that "we did not initially encounter  this truth and did not inform people about it." "It seemed to us that  we could 'break through' the international community and get through  and achieve our goal. But that doesn't happen. It seemed to us that  we were in conflict with Azerbaijan, but in fact we were against the  entire international community, which is unreasonable. And there were  forces that encouraged us," Armenia's premier said.   

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