We believe that the negotiation process with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should be maintained because it is an exceptional format where Russia, the United States, and France cooperate. It is thanks to this cooperation that the relative stability of the region has been maintained for over 25 years. Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this yesterday at the discussion that was held at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) in Berlin.
As for the EU assistance to these talks to achieve a resolution to the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) conflict, Pashinyan said: "It is said that there are problems with the status of Karabakh, and that is why EU human rights institutions, civil society institutions abstain from cooperation.
Does anyone say that the issue of protection and development of human rights of the people living in Karabakh does not fit into the context of human rights protection, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press? This is a very strange position, and I hope that, yes, EU countries can assist this process. "
Pashinyan emphasized that democracy is one of the most important components for resolving the Karabakh conflict. "It is democracy that will bring about the resolution of conflicts in the region, as it happened in Europe," the Armenian Prime Minister said. “It is a product of democracy that the President of Armenia can say that, yes, the settlement of the issue must be acceptable to the peoples of Armenia, Karabakh, and Azerbaijan. Why doesn't Azerbaijan make such a logical statement? "
Referring to the remark by an Azerbaijani journalist that he is originally from Jabrayil but cannot go to his home, Nikol Pashinyan responded: “You know, there is a Shahumyan region where Armenians lived until 1990. Today thousands of residents of Shahumyan cannot go to their home because Shahumyan was subjected to ethnic cleansing. The situation we have today, the status quo that exists today, is just the result of one thing: the Armenians of Karabakh wanted and want to defend their right to live."