By Ruzanna Stepanian
YEREVAN (Azatutyun) — Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian has called on Armenia’s government and leading opposition groups to reach a consensus on how to make peace with Azerbaijan and Turkey.
In a televised interview aired late on September 26, Ter-Petrosian said the Armenian opposition should help Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accept painful solutions” backed by the international community.
“All solutions will be bad for us,” he told Armenian Public Television. “I believe the challenge is to choose the least painful of those solutions.”
“Pashinyan is also afraid of signing such a document,” he went on. “Whatever document he signs, they will brand him a traitor, a Turk or I don’t know what. In my view, we will give Pashinyan a helping hand if we choose the least painful option. We will thereby shoulder responsibility for that variant.”
Ter-Petrosian claimed that Armenia will have to make even greater concessions if it rejects such a settlement now. He said at the same time that he does not know the exact terms of peace accords currently offered by Azerbaijan or major foreign powers. Only Pashinyan and some members of his inner circle possess such information, he said.