By Shoghik Galstyan
YEREVAN (Azatutyun) — Vartan Oskanian, a former Armenian foreign minister, has announced that he will lead a political committee set by Nagorno-Karabakh’s main political factions exiled in Armenia to campaign for the “collective repatriation” of the region’s displaced population.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Thursday, January 18, Oskanian said the committee will reveal its composition and details of its activities “in the coming days.”
“The primary mission of the Committee is to advocate for and pursue the right of the collective repatriation of the Artsakh people with international guarantees, ensuring their safe, secure and dignified resettlement in their homeland,” he said.
“Achieving enduring peace in the region remains unattainable when a segment of the Armenian people is forcefully uprooted from its homeland, and a coerced notion of ‘peace’ is imposed upon Armenia, with the looming threat of further losses,” added Oskanian, who has increasingly criticized Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s policy on the Karabakh conflict in recent years.
According to Davit Galstyan, a leader of Karabakh’s Justice party, the committee was set up by the exiled Karabakh parliament in early December.