In essence, we Armenians need to realize that there won’t be a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue for a long time, at least in this stage and starting from this stage. This is what Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated during a live broadcast on his Facebook page today.
According to him, we must forget about the hopes for, proposals and thoughts about finding a diplomatic solution, especially in this situation. “Armenia has stated several times that it is willing to resolve the issue through mutual concessions. Mutual concessions mean something can be reduced from the bar you have set in order to achieve a solution, under the condition that the other side lowers something from the bar set on the maximum level. However, practice has shown that this is the reality and that whatever is acceptable for the Armenian side within this logic is no longer acceptable for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan no longer agrees to what Armenia will agree to. This show that, in general, there is no point in talking about any diplomatic solution, at least not in this stage,” Pashinyan emphasized.
According to Pashinyan, there is confusion about the relations between Armenia and Russia.
“I would like to say that I have highly appreciated the cooperation between our countries during this whole period. We feel the support of the Russian Federation as a strategic ally of Armenia and the Armenian people. We are cooperating to find a solution to this situation, taking into consideration the fact that Russia is also a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and Armenia’s strategic partner. To this day, Russia has made maximum efforts, and I am certain that it will continue after this,” he said.
Pashinyan said the synthesis of these facts makes it clear that Armenia needs to fight until the end and unconditionally for the rights of the people, no matter what happens. He stressed that this means taking weapons and fighting for those rights until it is possible to achieve a diplomatic solution. “Moreover, I am talking about an ultimate solution. In this context, I believe this process needs to be organized and implemented by the political leadership of our people,” he said.
Pashinyan also said he is addressing this call to all the mayors, village heads and state and local self-government bodies to assume leadership and form voluntary detachments that will protect the rights of the Armenian people. He considered the current situation a turning point.
Touching upon the situation on the border, the Prime Minister said the situation is rather difficult and complicated. “Battles are going on in the south of Artsakh. There is a very important subtlety. Our observations show that the adversary is now using its last reserves. Yes, the adversary has many reserves, but the heroic Armenian soldiers are making them suffer indescribable casualties,” he said.
The Prime Minister declared that the future of Armenia depends on one person and that that one person is every citizen of Armenia and Artsakh. He also said students and businessmen who are from Karabakh must also move towards Stepanakert and get enlisted in the voluntary detachments.
“Our heroes of the past, including Monte Melkonian, Tatul Krpeyan, Jivan Abrahamyan, Movses Gorgisyan and Vazgen Sargsyan are looking down on us from above, and we need to show our respect to them because they gave their all to the homeland and didn’t spare anything. Now it is time for us to give our all to the homeland and not spare anything,” he said.