YEREVAN. – For eight years, ex-MP Zaruhi Postanjyan has constantly submitted to the National Assembly (NA) a bill recognizing the independence of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Edmon Marukyan, chairman of the opposition Bright Armenia Party and head of its parliamentary faction, stated about this in a conversation with reporters Thursday.
"I have been an MP for eight years; I can't say before that. In eight years, Zaruhi Postanjyan has initiated the recognition of Artsakh's independence; [but] we were told off the record that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs are against our [Armenia’s] recognition. After that, other initiatives were discussed, and the same answer was given," Marukyan said.
The lawmaker stressed that the same answer was given to the proposal submitted to the National Assembly after the April 2016 war. "On September 27, during the [NA] special session on [declaring] martial law, I asked the Prime Minister, 'Mr. Prime Minister, we weren’t recognizing as we were afraid that a war would start; the war has started. Can we recognize Artsakh now?’ The PM responded that, ‘This issue has now entered the political agenda at your suggestion.’ After that, during the war, several political forces petitioned to me that,' Let's recognize the independence of Artsakh.' I got in touch with NA president Ararat Mirzoyan. He said, ‘It’s a good proposal, but we can hinder the war process now; let’s still wait," Marukyan said.