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Opposition Leader Gains Access to Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Treaty and Warns of Threats and Losses

Updated: Jan 30

In the recently unveiled peace agreement, opposition members in Armenia express deep concerns about potential new losses and threats to Armenia, particularly Artsakh. Ishkhan Saghatelyan, a prominent figure in the opposition and Chairman of the ARF Armenia Supreme Council, shared his insights with The Armenian Report following a review of the agreement's points at the Foreign Ministry.

Saghatelyan emphasizes the opposition's apprehensions, asserting that the peace treaty does not address the fundamental issues of Azerbaijani aggression. He argues that Azerbaijan, under the guise of the agreement, aims to legitimize past gains achieved through force and extract further concessions.

"The document in question has nothing to do with peace," Saghatelyan said, highlighting key omissions such as the absence of provisions for the withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from sovereign Armenian territory and the non-recognition of Armenia's 29,800 square kilometers by Azerbaijan. Border delimitation, a crucial aspect, is deferred for future discussions.

Saghatelyan echoes the opposition's longstanding critique of the government, stating that the peace agreement reinforces the claim that the current administration brings about death, destruction, and lacks a genuine peace agenda. He draws attention to recent statements made by the Azerbaijani leader, characterizing them as indicators of potential future aggression.

The opposition figure rebukes Prime Minister Pashinyan's assertion that signing a peace agreement does not guarantee the absence of future conflicts, considering it a failure on Pashinyan's part. Saghatelyan contends that the Armenian people must recognize the futility of seeking peace under the current leadership.

Saghatelyan raises alarm about attempts to close the "Artsakh page" with the discussed peace agreement, emphasizing that such intentions are not explicitly mentioned in the document but are implied. He warns against any efforts to sideline the Artsakh issue, equating it to forgetting one's parent, child, or superior.

As discussions surrounding the peace treaty are ongoing, the opposition urges vigilance and calls on the Armenian people to scrutinize the terms carefully.


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