On November 12th, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian met and discussed the current situation in the country.
Prior to that, Artsakh Justice Minister Siran Avetisyan presented a letter of resignation to the President of Artsakh Araik Harutyunyan explaining the decision as coming down to differing political views.
Around midday on November 12th, Prime Minister, again through Facebook, issued an address to the Armenian people.
The statement, in its entirety can be read below:
“Having signed this sad document, I knew that I was under threat not only politically, but also physically, but it was more important for me to save the lives of 25 thousand of our soldiers.
Why didn’t you resign in order not to sign this document? This would be desertion and an attempt to leave a difficult situation to another leader.
This document does not imply a meaningful solution to the Karabakh conflict. This document is about ending the war in Karabakh. The Karabakh conflict was not resolved then, and it is not resolved now.
I and the President of Karabakh did not provide full information about the deplorable situation, so as not to cause panic.
We have done everything to preserve every inch of Karabakh.
We fought against three armies. But, unfortunately, we were not able to fully support our army.
Yes, the signed document is very bad for Armenia, but we should not make it worse.
The document provides for the unblocking of all regional roads and provides for a railway between Iran and Armenia.
Russian peacekeepers will ensure the security of the residents of Karabakh throughout the territory. They will ensure the stability of the road connection between Stepanakert and Yerevan. Our task is to ensure stability in the country.
We will not allow representatives of the former government to create chaos in the country. We have a future. We must draw conclusions and understand the mistakes.
The problem is that the most important function of the commander is to solve the problem for the soldier. But when a soldier cannot influence further events in any way, it is no longer the soldier who must die, but the Motherland must make sacrifices for the sake of the soldier’s life.
That’s why I signed this infamous contract. I chose the lives of 25,000 soldiers over my career and my life.
Why didn’t I consult with the people before signing the document? For a very simple reason. In the course of communicating with the people, I had to publicly and honestly present an objective situation, and this meant providing detailed information to the enemy as well, informing a detailed plan for the encirclement of our soldiers in the amount of 25 thousand people in a matter of hours.
They talk about the surrender of Meghri. This is absolutely ridiculous. We are just talking about opening regional transport links. In this case, the roads from Azerbaijan to Nakhichevan are opened, but at the same time the road from Yerevan to Syunik region via Nakhichevan is also unblocked.”
What becomes apparent is this: Pashinyan refuses to resign and clings to power, he says he “ended his career” but he plans on continuing to lead the country.
He will “not allow” people from the previous government to “ruin the country” and this explains the witch hunt against them, and the political arrests. Quite democratic.
Pashinyan and the Artsakh president Araik Harutyunyan hid most of the information, because they didn’t want to cause panic.
They also didn’t admit how badly the Artsakh and few Armenian soldiers were dealing with the situation, so as not to “reveal any information to the enemy.”
In short, Pashinyan presumably plans to remain Prime Minister, he plans to continue dealing with the opposition with arrests, and everybody who is against him is a traitor.
He is attempting to create a sense of guilt that “we [the Armenian people] were not able to fully support our army.”
Pashinyan also suggests that the issue isn’t resolved.
“This document does not imply a meaningful solution to the Karabakh conflict. This document is about ending the war in Karabakh. The Karabakh conflict was not resolved then, and it is not resolved now.”
Finally, he’s saying that the roads are simply open and nothing else has been surrendered than what has been lost.
Time will tell if that’s actually true.
It is unlikely that the chaos in Armenia will subside, it is more likely that the protests will ramp up.
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