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Pashinyan Sees Stronger Statehood for Armenia Without Artsakh

Pashinyan Sees Stronger Statehood for Armenia Without Artsakh

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan reaffirmed the country's objective to fortify statehood, sovereignty, and independence during a parliamentary session on December 6. Responding to questions from Seyran Ohanyan, head of the Hayastan faction, regarding Armenia's strategy concerning Artsakh's future and the efforts for the return of prisoners, Pashinyan emphasized the relentless pursuit of reinforcing Armenia's statehood.

Pashinyan highlighted the exploitation of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue by certain entities to hinder Armenia's statehood. "Certain forces used the Nagorno-Karabakh problem solely to obstruct statehood in Armenia. This conviction becomes stronger for me over time," reiterated Pashinyan.

Addressing the post-Lisbon summit in 1996, Pashinyan highlighted that the Nagorno-Karabakh issue ceased to be a subject of discussion. He acknowledged the failure to align terminologies used with the perceptions of the bodies involved, resulting in a significant disparity between reality and the country's objectives.

Ohanyan stressed the necessity of holding Azerbaijan accountable for crimes against Artsakh, preserving the region's state institutions, and facilitating the return of displaced Armenians. He accused Pashinyan's administration of contributing to the expulsion of Armenians from Artsakh through their statements and actions.

In response, Pashinyan emphasized his focus on Armenia's future, mandated by the Armenian Constitution, asserting, "My concern lies with the future of Armenia. I am dedicated to this responsibility."

Labeling claims that the Armenian authorities abandoned Artsakh as 'gratitude,' Pashinyan assured ongoing efforts toward the repatriation of captives. He iterated the commitment to secure the return of prisoners through continuous daily endeavors.

The exchange in parliament shows the divergence in perspectives regarding Armenia's approach to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and the actions taken by the current administration. Pashinyan's emphasis on consolidating statehood amidst external pressures indicates the government's intent to navigate challenges while focusing on Armenia's future and the well-being of its citizens.


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