Pashinyan Says He's Ready to Send Son to Baku as Hostage in Return for Release of All Armenian Captives
Acting Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan, at a campaign rally in Syunik’s Metz Mantash community, reiterated his proposal to Azerbaijan that he is ready to send his son to Baku as a hostage in return for the return of all Armenian captives.
"Yesterday I announced, and today I have instructed our relevant bodies to officially convey our offer to the Azerbaijani side that my son is ready to go to Baku as a hostage on the condition of the return of all our captives," said Pashinyan.
Pashinyan made the announcement in response to ex-Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan who rhetorically asked why Pashinyan, who is criticized by many in Armenia for not doing enough to facilitate the return of Armenian captives, isn’t proposing exchanging his son for 20-25 captives.
Nikol Pashinyan’s son Ashot has said he would be willing to go on the condition that Azerbaijan frees all Armenian captives.
Pashinyan stressed that the proposal shouldn’t be seen as a last-ditch effort to free the Armenian captives and that intensive work is underway in the matter.
Pashinyan, running for reelection as prime minister, reiterated his proposal to ease tensions along the border with Azerbaijan.
Accordingly, Armenian and Azerbaijani troops would leave the Sotk-Khoznavar section, Russian border guards would be stationed there, and demarcation work would be carried out within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
Pashinyan reminded that the previous day the United States had stated its readiness to provide expert assistance in demarcation and delimitation, while emphasizing the need for full resumption of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing.
He noted that the United States had stated its readiness to provide expert assistance in the border demarcation and delimitation process, while emphasizing the need for the full resumption of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.