Pashinyan Downplays Political Opposition's Resignation Demands
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, during an interview with TASS, downplayed attempts by his domestic political opponents to force his resignation.
Pashinyan confessed that the November 9 truce agreement had caused a backlash in Armenia but added that the opposition hasn’t rallied most of the people to its cause.
“Of course, we have internal political tension. But the truth is that the calls made by the opposition didn’t enjoy widespread support among the society. And I think that the issue of power exercised by the people can be resolved only by the will of the people,” Pashinyan told TASS.
Pashinyan said that restoring full stability and security must be the priority of the government and all political forces in Armenia.
When asked about the possibility of snap parliamentary elections, Pashinyan said that he’s presented a six-month plan to get the country back on track and that once stability is restored he will consult with the people and political forces as to the next step.
As to his government’s view on the final status of Nagorno Karabakh and the fact that the November 9 statement has nothing to say on the matter, Pashinyan said that negotiations must continue within the OSCE Minsk Group format and that Armenia’s position hasn’t changed, namely the right of the Artsakh people to self-determination.
Pashinyan added that right now, there are more urgent issues needing attention. He listed an exchange of POWs and detainees, soldiers and civilians who have gone missing, the exchange of war dead, and other humanitarian problems.