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PM Pashinyan Stresses Importance of Baku-Stepanakert Dialogue, Despite Hurdles


PM Pashinyan

Armenia's Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, reaffirmed the critical significance of the Baku-Stepanakert dialogue within the framework of the international mechanism, emphasizing its importance in ensuring the rights and security of the Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). The Prime Minister's statements came during a session of the Government on June 16.


While Pashinyan remains hopeful about the potential for dialogue, it is evident that the situation presents significant challenges. Azerbaijan's actions have shown a reluctance to engage in meaningful talks with Stepanakert, casting doubts on the prospects for fruitful discussions.


In contrast to Armenia's willingness to establish peace and normalize relations, Azerbaijan has demonstrated its stance by placing an illegal checkpoint and blocking any passage through the Lachin Corridor, effectively cutting off Artsakh from the rest of the world. The disruption of power and gas supply to Artsakh for six months has further exacerbated the humanitarian situation in the region, causing grave concerns for the well-being of its residents.


Despite the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020, aimed at achieving lasting peace and stability, Azerbaijan's actions have raised serious questions about their commitment to honoring the agreements made. Violating the spirit of the trilateral agreement, Azerbaijan's actions seem to contradict the very essence of dialogue and peaceful resolution.


While Prime Minister Pashinyan maintains hope for dialogue, it is essential to acknowledge the challenges and obstacles that exist in engaging Azerbaijan in meaningful negotiations. The ongoing disruptions and the refusal to allow passage through the Lachin Corridor have demonstrated the reluctance to address the core issues at hand.


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