Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has voiced his support to numerous protestants calling on European countries to recognize the independence of Artsakh Republic.
The protests, which were organized by the Armenian diaspora in Europe on October 16, blocked a number of highways in France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and other countries to call for the international recognition of Artsakh.
The breakaway state, which governs the Nagorno-Karabakh region, has been under a large attack by Azerbaijani forces since the 27th of September.
In 2018, the #Armenian people stood up for their democratic rights. Today, Armenians all over the world are standing together as one for the right of the people of #Artsakh to self-determination. In unity there is strength.
— Nikol Pashinyan (@NikolPashinyan) October 16, 2020
The pro-Armenian movement has already had a feedback in Europe, but not a significant one yet. On September 16, the city Council of Milan recognized the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
“The recognition can lead not only to the restoration of justice, but also to the end of silence which has long becoming an accomplice to crime”, the City Council said.
The same day, the Flemish Parliament of Belgium unanimously adopted a resolution emphasizing the violations of the International Humanitarian Law against the population of Artsakh.
On September 14, a resolution calling for recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh has been submitted to the French National Assembly for consideration.
While Pashinyan is supporting the Armenian people call for an international recognition of Artsakh, he and his pro-Western government have declined to do so since assuming office in May of 2018.
The Azerbaijani attack on Nagorno-Karabakh didn’t change Pashinyan’s position. In a recent speech the Armenian leader stressed, once again, that his country will remain committed to a peaceful settlement. A solution that doesn’t appear to be accepted by Azerbaijan.
Russia made immense effort to launch direct Armenian-Azerbaijani talks on Nagorno-Karabakh last week. Meanwhile, Pashinyan’s friends in the West are yet to make any significant step to support Armenia or to pressure Azerbaijan.
Pashinyan’s dubious stand on Nagorno-Karabakh and his over-trust in the West play in favor of Azerbaijan, whose leadership appears to be more resolute in its policy.
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