Armenian ex-president Robert Kocharyan spoke on a failed meeting with Artsakh president Arayik Haroutyunyan.
"It took me only one and a half to two days to understand that we are faced with a serious problem and a day earlier we need to stop this war, even with serious concessions," he said in an interview with the Armenian TV channel.
"Yes. On the third day, I was in Karabakh. I was late due to the court session, otherwise, I would have been there already on the first day. The war broke out on Sunday, and on Tuesday, when the court session was postponed, on the same day I left and was in Karabakh in the evening. It took me only one and a half to two days to understand that we are faced with a serious problem and a day earlier we need to stop this war, even with serious concessions. (..) The technological advantage of the Azeris was obvious, but with us, we just saw serious organizational problems. I didn’t know that the replenishment was stopped, and there were a number of other organizational absurdities that came, I repeat, from the political power. Then I shared some ideas with [Artsakh ex-presidents] Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan. Bako Sahakyan suggested organizing a meeting with Arayik Haroutyunyan. I have never had any special sympathy for Arayik Haroutyunyan, but nevertheless, based on the circumstances, I thought that it was necessary to share with the incumbent president both concerns and some suggestions on what should be done in this situation. Bako Sahakyan went to organize this meeting, and when he returned, there was bewilderment on his face. He says he doesn't want to. Not that he doesn’t want to, but Arayik Haroutyunyan says that "I cannot do it, if I meet, they will eat me, and this meeting will have a bad effect on Karabakh."
"By the way, one of the reasons for the defeat was in the neutralization of the experienced commanders who had gone through the war and had successes," he added.