Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gave an interview to Sky News. Below is the article about the interview.
“Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says the situation is becoming a “struggle against international terrorism” for Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.
Faced with an intractable problem which long predates his time in office, and with rumors of Syrian mercenaries come to join the fighting, Mr. Pashinyan is calling the latest explosion of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan a civilizational issue.
Nikol Pashinyan told Sky News: “Firstly, Turkey has become fully engaged, encouraging and inciting the conflict. Turkey has transported mercenaries and terrorists from the territory of Syria to the conflict zone, which is changing the whole context.” He added: “This is becoming essentially Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia’s struggle against international terrorism.”
Mr. Pashinyan also accuses Turkey of backing Azerbaijan to pursue a genocidal policy against Armenians and advance the country’s expansionist ambitions. He said: “Let us look at what Turkey is implementing in the Mediterranean in Libya in Syria, Iraq. To me there is no doubt that this is a policy of continuing the Armenian genocide and of reinstating the Turkish Empire.”
The Armenian Premier reaffirmed his negotiating stance that any peace settlement should be acceptable to the peoples of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
Turkey’s stance has added a new dimension to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh, but at heart it remains a territorial dispute which successive governments in Armenia and the Aliyev father and son dynasty in Azerbaijan have failed to resolve.
Despite international calls for a ceasefire, violence prevails leading to increased civilian loss of life.”
The Sky News assertion that the Nagorno Karabakh problem “at heart remains a territorial dispute” is inaccurate and reflects Baku’s position only.
For the Armenians of Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh the conflict is about their right to self determination as stipulated in the UN Human Rights Charter as well as Helsinki Final Act. A right which was also stipulated in the Soviet (USSR) Constitution in accordance with which the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh declared their independence after a properly held Referendum in December 1990, as did Soviet Azerbaijan and Soviet Armenia when the USSR was collapsing.
The USA and almost 75% of current member states of the the United Nation came into being through the exercise of their right to SELF DETERMINATION and until Baku comes to terms with this principle and fact the conflict will continue. The Armenians of Artsakh have no option but to continue to fight for their dignity, independence and very existence as Baku’s (and its ally Turkey’s) answer to the exercise of this universal and natural right by Armenians is nothing but pogroms, ethnic cleansing and Genocide as practiced by their Ottoman forefathers against all their subject non,-turkic populations. and Armenians in particular.
Since 2001, the US has claimed to have a “Global War on Terrror.”
Obviously, it does not.
NATO and the EU are similarly hypocritical.