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Summary of Key Points from Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's Q&A

Summary of Key Points from Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's Q & A

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia recently conducted a Q&A session with Armenian citizens and its Diaspora. Community members were invited to submit video questions to the PM addressing a range of crucial topics, including international relations, territorial integrity, military reforms, and bilateral agreements. The session took place during a live broadcast.

Here are the highlights:

Peace Treaty and Territorial Integrity: Pashinyan expressed uncertainty regarding Azerbaijan's commitment to sign a peace agreement with Armenia based on three agreed-upon principles. Discussions are pending, including those related to maps and borders, scheduled for November 30 within the demarcation commission.

Military Reforms: Armenia is undergoing significant military reforms, drawing from international experiences such as the Swiss model. The focus is on enhancing servicemembers' capabilities through certification procedures and specialized training programs for reservists.

Russian TV Channels and Arms Deals: Pashinyan highlighted issues concerning Russian TV channels broadcasting content perceived as insulting to Armenia. Discussions have been initiated with Russia to address these concerns. Additionally, Armenia has paid for arms supplies from Russia that have not yet been delivered, leading to ongoing discussions on potential solutions, including the adjustment of Armenia's debt to Russia.

Investments and Infrastructure Development: The Armenian government has invested significantly in Syunik Province, undertaking multi-billion dollar projects, including customs post reconstruction, road corridor construction, and airport development in Kapan, aimed at boosting economic growth and signaling strategic development plans for the region.

Artsakh Mass Exodus: Pashinyan acknowledged the challenges in the return of forcibly displaced Armenians to Nagorno-Karabakh, emphasizing the need to support those relocated within Armenia. He expressed gratitude for their resilience and integration into Armenian life.

Territorial Enclaves: Addressing territorial disputes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Pashinyan emphasized the need for mutually recognized territorial integrity, including addressing enclaves/exclaves issues, which remain unresolved in the peace process discussions.

Steadfast Peace Agenda: Pashinyan reaffirmed Armenia's commitment to a peace agenda, urging a focus on the state's interests amid provocations and statements from neighboring countries like Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Relations with Russia: Pashinyan stressed Armenia's continued regard for Russia as a friendly nation, emphasizing the need for open dialogue to address issues between the countries while upholding mutual respect, independence, and sovereignty.

The Prime Minister's statements highlight Armenia's ongoing efforts toward peace, territorial integrity, military reforms, infrastructure development, and diplomatic relations, underscoring the country's dedication to resolving conflicts and pursuing strategic developmental goals.


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