ARF leader presents road map of the opposition to resolve the crisis

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YEREVAN, November 17. /ARKA/. Representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun Supreme Body Ishkhan Saghatelyan presented a roadmap today drawn up by 17 opposition parties to resolve the crisis.

Speaking at a protest rally Saghatelyan argued that a trilateral statement on the ceasefire in Artsakh signed by the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan is unacceptable, however, according to him, the deployment of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh is a necessity in the current conditions.

“We assess this document as a humiliating surrender agreement concluded behind the back of the people. However, everything is not over. It is necessary to try to reduce our concessions to a minimum through negotiations and diplomatic channels. First of all, it is necessary to exclude the consolidation of Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan and fight for its independence,” he said.

As a next step, he named the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, which can take place in two ways.

“The first way: Nikol Pashinyan should understand himself and resign, but he has refused to do so. The second legal path is that the National Assembly must urgently convene an extraordinary meeting to discus the elimination of the martial law and the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan,” he said.

After Pashinyan’s resignation, according to Saghatelyan, the National Assembly should elect a new prime minister, form an interim government of national accord, which will solve three problems:

1. If possible, revise the agreements provided for by the declaration of a ceasefire and minimize the losses of the Armenian side;

2. Take steps to resolve all humanitarian, social, health, economic and security problems arising from the war;
3. As soon as possible, organize free, fair parliamentary elections, as a result of which the people will form a new government.

In recent days, large-scale protests have been held in Yerevan, organized by 17 opposition parties demanding Pashinyan’s resignation. Politicians and ordinary citizens are outraged by the signing by Pashinyan with the leaders of Russia and Azerbaijan of a statement on the cessation of hostilities in Artsakh, which provides for significant territorial concessions in favor of Azerbaijan.

On November 9, the leaders of the Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement to end the war in the zone of the Karabakh conflict from November 10. According to the statement, Azerbaijani and Armenian forces were to stop at their positions.

A number of districts controlled by the Armenian forces of Karabakh are to be returned to Azerbaijan, including the city of Shushi, as well as Aghdam, Kelbajar and Lachin regions, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia through Lachin.

A Russian peacekeeping contingent is deployed along the line of contact in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to Karabakh and surrounding areas. The sides are exchanging prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons and bodies of the dead soldiers.

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