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"Former authorities offered Artsakh to Azerbaijan for $ 5 billion" Samvel Babayan

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Former commander of the Artsakh Defense Army Samvel Babayan has issued a statement, which is presented below.

The "status for territories" formula is unacceptable. There is only one solution. restore the economy and combat readiness of the army in a short time, thereby forcing Azerbaijan to take into account our interests and negotiate on an equal footing.

An interesting situation has arisen around the statement of RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the legacy of the former authorities regarding the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Finally, on behalf of the head of state, Armenia, the chief negotiator, it was stated that the negotiations were based on the surrender of liberated territories and that the previous three presidents had conducted negotiations in this context.
     I declare with all responsibility that if there were no revolution in Armenia, not only the buffer zones but also Artsakh would be surrendered. Thanks to the velvet revolution and Nikol Pashinyan, the negotiations between Serzh Sargsyan based on the Madrid principles were disrupted and the land transfer process was interrupted.
     The negotiation process, however, was resumed within the framework of the Madrid Principles, which the Prime Minister of Armenia voiced at the joint Security Council meeting in Stepanakert. That is to say, the Armenian side today demands the same as under Serzh. That is, the return of liberated territories (7 districts: Aghdam, Fizuli, Jebrail, Zangelan, Kubatlu, Kelbajar and Lachin) and the return of Azerbaijani refugees.
     In fact, Nikol Pashinyan is in a deadlock. If he continues the negotiation process from the point of inheritance, he will have to sign on condition of surrender. On the other hand, if it refuses the negotiation process, it would mean refusing the previous authorities' agreement with Azerbaijan to hand over the lands, which would lead to war. Both the first and the second scenario are unacceptable for all Armenians and especially for the Artsakh people.
     Whereas, the only result of the Security Council meetings with the current authorities of Artsakh was the RA Prime Minister's proposal to clarify the wording of the Madrid document. The sides, however strange, agreed with other principles and points (RA Prime Minister N. Pashinyan's speech at the joint session of the Security Councils of Armenia and Artsakh).