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Armenia opposition bloc leader: PM Pashinyan might say tomorrow that Yerevan should be handed over for peace

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who serves Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's agenda, is going to change the constitution of Armenia, which will mean the elimination of the foundations of the Armenian state. Andranik Tevanyan, head of the opposition Mother Armenia bloc, told this to reporters Friday.

According to him, under these conditions, the authorities of Armenia are illegally fighting against the opposition forces that are not controlled by them.

"Pashinyan used to say that Artsakh [(Nagorno-Karabakh)] should be handed over [to Azerbaijan] for peace, now he is talking about changing the constitution [of Armenia], and tomorrow he will say that we should hand over [Armenia’s capital of] Yerevan that there may be peace. But there will be no peace, and Aliyev does not hide it. Turkey and Azerbaijan impose their conditions on Pashinyan, who takes this or that step to save his own ‘skin,’" said the opposition politician.

He added that Pashinyan's ruling political party is a party of war and defeat.

"There are opportunities to achieve peace. This can be done by restoring relations with real, natural allies, restoring the combat readiness of the [Armenian] army, and improving the internal life of the country," Tevanyan emphasized.

According to him, since 2022, Pashinyan has already pursued a policy of handing over the rest of Artsakh, and this has instilled even greater insolence in Azerbaijan.

"Still before April 2022, Pashinyan had announced that he recognizes Artsakh as a part of Azerbaijan; and from April, he started campaigning on this matter, announcing [his] readiness to lower the ‘bar.’

In May, actions of [civil] disobedience began, which delayed the handover of Artsakh. Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan did not join this process. In September, [Azerbaijan’s] clashes started on the border with Armenia, the purpose of which was to remind Pashinyan of his promises and to scare the [Armenian] public with war. After this, in October, Pashinyan recognized Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan. After some time, blockades and ethnic cleansing [of the Artsakh Armenians by Azerbaijan] followed. This time, Armenia’s authorities named our ally [i.e. Russia] as the culprit. Now the constitution [of Armenia] is to blame [for all this]," concluded Tevanyan., 2024



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