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Artsakh Deputy Speaker Criticizes Russian Peacekeeping Mission, Calls for International Recognition of Genocidal Acts


Artsakh Deputy Speaker Criticizes Russian Peacekeeping Mission, Calls for International Recognition of Genocidal Acts

Vahram Balayan, deputy speaker of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) National Assembly (NA) in forced exile, expressed his dissatisfaction with the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh, asserting that it had failed to fulfill its intended mission. Balayan's remarks come amid discussions regarding Russia's demand for new evidence of forced displacements of Artsakh Armenians in September 2023.


Balayan conveyed his disappointment, stating that the Russian peacekeepers, who were expected to carry out a specific mission, had not succeeded. He emphasized the need to present the situation as a genocidal act against the people of Artsakh, asserting that the international community must be reminded of their right to a full return to their homeland.


Addressing Russia's demand for new evidence, Balayan stressed the importance of collecting and presenting facts to competent authorities and countries interested in the matter. He refrained from labeling Russia as a participant in the alleged genocidal operation by Azerbaijan, highlighting the complexity of the circumstances that need to be considered.


Balayan criticized the unfulfilled obligations outlined in the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020, and questioned the role of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, suggesting it is too early to assess whether their inaction was part of the genocide.


During a session convened by the Artsakh NA in exile at the representative office in Armenia, Balayan urged a cautious approach, emphasizing the ongoing efforts needed to ensure the full return of Artsakh residents to their homeland. His statements come on the 36th anniversary of the Artsakh movement, underscoring the enduring challenges and unresolved issues facing the region.


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