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PM Pashinyan Addresses Protesters' Resignation Demands

PM Pashinyan Addresses Protesters' Resignation Demands

In Yerevan, protesters have taken to the streets, demanding a change in government and the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. When questioned about the protests, Pashinyan responded that he had no new comments, as he had already addressed these concerns.

Pashinyan pointed out that the opposition had submitted a message to the National Assembly (NA), but it was not accepted because no opposition members were present during the main committee discussion. He noted that while the 2023 state budget was being discussed in the NA Hall, no claims were made by the opposition.

Regarding the demands for his resignation, Pashinyan said that if the people of Armenia want a change in government, they will implement it through democratic means. He explained the heavy police presence around the NA, stating that it was necessary to ensure the normal functioning of the parliament and the safety of all citizens, including peaceful protesters.

Pashinyan announced that Armenia is ready to sign a peace treaty with Azerbaijan within a month. He stated that the current text of the peace treaty is well-established and can be finalized based on previously agreed bilateral terms. He mentioned that Azerbaijan's president had affirmed commitment to the Prague agreements and the Almaty declaration of 1991, which are crucial for the peace treaty according to him.

The Prime Minister dismissed claims that constitutional amendments in Armenia are linked to the peace talks with Azerbaijan. Pashinyan stated that attempts to connect these issues are undermining the peace process. He emphasized that constitutional amendments are solely related to Armenia's internal democratic reforms and have no bearing on the negotiations with Azerbaijan.

Pashinyan addressed the ongoing border delimitation issues with Azerbaijan, clarifying that the process is a joint initiative aimed at defining Armenia's sovereign territory. He acknowledged misunderstandings about the situation and reaffirmed that the border delimitation was not mutually agreed upon in some areas. He noted that both countries' border commissions had signed a protocol based on the Almaty Declaration, which serves as the basis for his government’s border delimitation.

The PM suggested that regional communications might open before a peace treaty is signed with Azerbaijan. He argued that real peace is achieved through practical actions and mutual agreements. Pashinyan emphasized the importance of both countries recognizing each other's territorial integrity and renouncing aggressive policies to establish diplomatic relations.

Reflecting on the 2020 Artsakh war, Pashinyan admitted that since 2018, Armenia faced a choice between making concessions or going to war. He now believes that Armenia should have accepted Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, with autonomy and joint administration. Pashinyan confessed that his biggest mistake was not advocating for this solution earlier, as it could have prevented further conflict.

The situation in Armenia remains tense, with ongoing protests and complex negotiations with Azerbaijan. Prime Minister Pashinyan continues to face pressure from opposition groups and the public.


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