Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s Statement
As you may know, Nikol Pashinyan and I were scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the current situation and look for solutions.
I wish to inform you that the pre-announced meeting will not take place as Nikol Pashinyan has unilaterally set forth new demands, particularly as regards the format, agenda and media coverage of the meeting.
He proposed a list of people to attend the talks on our side, and announced that he would negotiate exclusively on his own agenda. This means he does not want to enter into negotiations or engage a dialogue, but solely to voice his own position and agenda, up to naming negotiators for us. Having some experience in negotiations, I can say that I have never heard of talks in such a format.
Concerned about the current situation, in my capacity of head of the executive power, who is responsible for ensuring a normal rhythm in the country, I appeal to the President of the Republic of Armenia to organize a meeting in his preferred format with a wide spectrum of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary political forces to discuss the current political situation and find ways of dealing with it, up to the holding of extraordinary parliamentary elections.