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Armenian Prime Minister Addresses Artsakh's Role in Negotiations Amidst Concerns


Armenian Prime Minister

Amidst growing discussions on the future of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) within the context of Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan emphasized the importance of the region's representation in the dialogue. Speaking during a press conference on July 25, Pashinyan addressed questions regarding Armenia's stance on Artsakh's fate and its role in ongoing negotiations.


A question posed by journalist Mushegh Isakhanyan from Public TV Company of Armenia sought clarity on the potential removal of the Artsakh issue from the negotiation agenda or the reintroduction of the status issue. Pashinyan acknowledged the concerns raised by representatives of Artakh's government, particularly their criticisms of Armenia's policies concerning the region's future.


Pashinyan firmly stated, "Armenia cannot unilaterally decide the fate of the Nagorno-Karabakh people. The logic dictates that the representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh should be active participants in negotiations, conversations, and dialogue." He underlined the significance of promoting this agenda, emphasizing that discussions about the rights and security of Artsakh's people must involve their direct participation within the framework of the Baku-Stepanakert dialogue and international mechanisms.

The Prime Minister highlighted that Artsakh's representatives, the people, and the government should be granted the opportunity to address concerns and raise questions within this resolution. Furthermore, he stressed that they should also bear the political responsibility associated with the content discussed, a crucial aspect of meaningful engagement.

In response to inquiries about Armenia's role in shaping the agenda as negotiations proceed, Pashinyan explained, "While Armenia is involved in negotiations, Nagorno-Karabakh is currently unable to directly negotiate." He indicated that a comprehensive solution might involve a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan referring to Nagorno-Karabakh. However, Pashinyan made it clear that no definitive decision has been reached, underlining that Armenia's position has been consistently expressed in favor of Artsakh's active involvement in discussions about its future.


The Prime Minister's statements underscored the complexities of the negotiation process and the importance of inclusive dialogue for a sustainable resolution. As the Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations continue, the role of Artsakh and its representation remains a central focus, reflecting the commitment to addressing the region's concerns and securing a stable future.


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