Yes, the recognition of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh can be a way out of this situation” – PM Pashinyan gives interview to German ZDF TV channel
“When a people is facing the threat of genocide” - this is how Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan describes the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan - When a genocide-hit nation comes under the threat of genocide, I mean the Armenian Genocide committed in Ottoman Turkey in 1915, which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians, and Western Armenia was practically left without Armenians due to ethnic cleansing.
By the way, I think that Turkey is back 100 years later to continue the Armenian Genocide. Moreover, continued genocide is not just the result of emotional revenge or Armenophobia: the Armenians in the South Caucasus are the last impediment on Turkey’s way the north, east and south-east. Under these conditions, facing the threat of genocide, people would hardly ask themselves whether they have sufficient resources to prevent the imminent genocide.
Ethnic cleansing is being attempted in Nagorno-Karabakh in a bid to oust Armenians from there. Here of fundamental importance is the fact that terrorists recruited in Syria and transferred to Azerbaijan by Turkey are involved in military action against Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Prime Minister of Armenia warns of further escalation if the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is not taken seriously by the international community. He talks about the threat of a World War III
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan - If the international community fails to give adequate response, the war could spill over into a larger region. The international community must take the situation very seriously. Otherwise, we may face the threat of a World War III. As I have already stated, should the international community, especially Europe, fail to respond properly to this situation, they will have to meet Turkey in Vienna. This is just a reference to our common history.
The Prime Minister of Armenia voices readiness for compromise, but doubts whether his readiness is reciprocated
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan - Compromise is possible only if all parties are prepared to compromise. Azerbaijan is not ready. Look, the Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing nations - Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin – make a statement and call for an immediate ceasefire. The Armenian side welcomes their statement. Azerbaijan does not react in any way. Turkey declares that it hopes that Azerbaijan will not halt the hostilities, after which Azerbaijan announces that it will give up the aggression only after what it calls the surrender of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Yes, I do believe that the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh’s status can be a way out of this situation.