YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ruled out any military solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict during an appearance on the BBC news program “HARDTalk” on August 14.
He spoke about his proposed formula for the resolution of the situation.
“Peace can’t be achieved through the unilateral actions of Armenia because we will be able to have real peace if Azerbaijan will reciprocate Armenia’s efforts. Becoming Prime Minister of Armenia, I proposed a new formula for peace and the formula is the following: Any solution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be acceptable for people of Armenia, for people of Nagorno Karabakh and for people of Azerbaijan, and I am first Armenian leader ever saying that any solution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be acceptable for the Azerbaijani people too, but unfortunately the Azerbaijani president didn’t reciprocate my proposal,” Pashinyan said.
Speaking about his “Artsakh is Armenia, period” statement, Pashinyan noted that for many millennia Nagorno Karabakh has been populated with indigenous Armenian people.
“Artsakh name is aged for several thousand years. The document of UNSC didn’t mention Republic of Armenia or Armed Forces of Armenia, there is written about Nagorno Karabakh Armenians Self Defense forces. The reality is in the moment of this conflict 80-90 percent of population of Nagorno Karabakh was Armenian and Azerbaijan tried to clean this land from Armenians and conflict started from this moment.”
Pashinyan disagreed with host Stephen Sackur’s description of Armenia’s stance to be “nationalistic,” saying that Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh are facing an existential threat.