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Artsakh President: Document to 'Dissolve' Artsakh Republic Was Only Way to Save Our People from Mass Murders by Azerbaijanis

Artsakh President: Document to 'Dissolve' Artsakh Republic Was Only Way to Save Our People from Mass Murders by Azerbaijanis

The President of Artsakh, Samvel Shahramanyan, recently spoke out in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro, speaking on the difficult decisions made during the crisis facing Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Despite acknowledging the controversial nature of his decree to dissolve the Artsakh Republic, Shahramanyan emphasized that it was undertaken as a means to protect the lives of fellow compatriots.

Reflecting on the events leading up to the dissolution, Shahramanyan explained the dire circumstances that compelled swift action. With the imbalance of forces rendering resistance against Azerbaijan untenable, negotiations were swiftly initiated to minimize civilian casualties and facilitate the evacuation of the population to safety in Armenia.

Highlighting the ongoing humanitarian concerns, Shahramanyan noted the plight of vulnerable individuals remaining in Artsakh, including those who are sick or disabled and unable to relocate. Efforts to secure the release of Armenian captives held in Azerbaijan were also discussed, with appeals made for international intervention to ensure their safe return.

Addressing speculation surrounding the timing of the Azerbaijani attack and the elections in Artsakh, Shahramanyan dismissed any causal connection, emphasizing Azerbaijan's military buildup along the line of contact prior to the assault. He asserted that the subsequent onslaught was a culmination of months-long siege tactics aimed at weakening Artsakh's defenses.

Regarding the establishment of a government in exile, Shahramanyan confirmed the presence of key administrative offices in Yerevan, Armenia's capital, enabling parliamentary proceedings and maintaining continuity in governance. He emphasized the importance of preserving institutional structures amidst the crisis, ensuring the functioning of essential government functions.

Looking ahead, Shahramanyan expressed skepticism about the feasibility of Artsakh Armenians returning to their homes in the current climate of hostility and territorial disputes with Azerbaijan. He noted the need for a fundamental shift in the perception of Armenians by the Azerbaijani people, calling for sustained efforts to foster peaceful coexistence between the neighboring nations.


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