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Armenia Speaker Alen Simonyan Presses for Peace Amid Azerbaijan's Snubbed Invitations


Armenia Speaker Alen Simonyan Presses for Peace Amid Azerbaijan's Snubbed Invitations

Armenia's National Assembly Speaker, Alen Simonyan, addressed several urgent issues regarding peace talks and regional stability in a recent press conference held at the National Assembly.


During the conference, Simonyan revealed that despite Armenia's willingness to engage in discussions, the last three meeting invitations extended by Azerbaijan had been declined. Referring to James O'Brien's statement from the US Department of State about US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosting talks between Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers, Simonyan expressed hope for increased constructive engagement from the Azerbaijani side.


Simonyan emphasized the need for tangible steps from Azerbaijan to recognize Armenia's territorial integrity and take measures to establish genuine peace. He criticized Azerbaijan's attempt to introduce matters that could complicate the peace treaty, notably referencing President Ilham Aliyev's remarks regarding Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians' issues and reciprocal considerations for Azerbaijanis deported from Armenia.


Expressing concerns about the adversarial rhetoric and artificial complications in negotiations, Simonyan stressed the importance of mutual tolerance and reducing hate speech, especially from Azerbaijan's side. He highlighted the potential for mutual integration, suggesting the possibility of Armenians living in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis residing in Armenia as a step towards lasting peace.


Simonyan addressed Aliyev's concerns about Armenian revanchism, asserting that Azerbaijan's actions, including aggression towards Armenian soldiers and territorial invasions, contradict such claims. He called for Azerbaijan to establish amicable relations with neighboring countries instead of perpetuating conflict.


Regarding Russia's role in the region, Simonyan criticized the lack of response when Azerbaijan violated agreements and conducted actions detrimental to Armenia's interests. He highlighted Russia's disproportionate reactions, especially compared to Azerbaijan's actions that compromised peace treaties and agreements.


Responding to questions about the return of Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians to their homes, Simonyan highlighted the need for time due to prevailing security concerns. He emphasized Armenia's commitment to securing their interests and providing support, despite the challenges posed by recent events.


Simonyan also criticized the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh, stating that they had not effectively fulfilled their role in ensuring peace and security in the region.


In conclusion, Simonyan urged for mutual efforts to seize the opportunity for long-term peace in the region, acknowledging the significance of establishing enduring stability for both Armenia and Azerbaijan.



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