The Armenian authorities’ policy actions on Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) continue the scenario pursued by Levon Ter-Petrosyan in the 1990s, a former secretary of Artsakh’s National Security Council said today, blaming Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for repeating the first president’s agenda.
“Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s program aimed to give a broad autonomy and status to Nagorno-Karabakh as part of the Azerbaijani [statehood]. And we see to date that Ter-Petrosyan never practically abandoned that program,” Vitaly Balasanyan told reporters.
The politician also blamed Pashinyan for lacking a specific vision of Artsakh’s future. He dismissed the premier’s earlier remarks that he had “transferred recently released documents” to their country’s leadership. “Nikol Pashinyan has never submitted any new document,” he said.
Balasanyan noted that the Armenian president or foreign minister met regularly with President Bako Sahakyan of Arsakh “for discussions over the ongoing negotiation process”. He also highlighted the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ regular visits to Yerevan, Baku and Stepanakert.
″There isn’t any vision,″ Balasanyan said. ″The vision is Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s program – aiming to give the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic a broad autonomy on the territory of Azerbaijan. That’s the kind of policy Nikol Pashinyan pursues at the moment.”