Political scientist Gagik Hambaryan today told reporters that Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan was absolutely unprepared for the meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and failed to show resistance to the latter’s attacks.
According to him, the Armenian side was lucky that Aliyev was also unprepared (Aliyev didn’t notice that Pashinyan stated the wrong name of a newspaper that had published the famous interview with Ayaz Mutalibov). Hambaryan noted that Pashinyan, in his turn, could have corrected Aliyev when he declared that 300,000 Azerbaijanis lived in Armenia, while there were only 180,000. “If the Armenian authorities continue to leave such statements unanswered, in the future, people might say there have never been Armenians in Armenia at all. Overall, instead of stating historical facts, Pashinyan could have made a reference to the document that Heydar Aliyev signed and that stated the three sides of the negotiations, including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
What is also surprising is the fact that the Prime Minister failed to respond to Aliyev’s statement that the Armenians organized the ethnic cleansing of the population of Azerbaijan and didn’t state the massacres of Armenians in Baku and Sumgait and the murder of Gurgen Margaryan, as well as the crimes that Azerbaijani soldiers committed during the military escalation in April 2016. In addition, Pashinyan could have explained to Aliyev that a people can’t seize the territory on which it lives, by referring to the people of Karabakh,” the political scientist added.