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INTERVIEW OF “AZAT ARTSAKH” NEWSPAPER AND “ARTSAKHPRESS” INFORMATION AGENCY WITH THE ARTSAKH REPUBLIC PRESIDENT BAKO SAHAKYAN
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INTERVIEW OF “AZAT ARTSAKH” NEWSPAPER AND “ARTSAKHPRESS” INFORMATION AGENCY WITH THE ARTSAKH REPUBLIC PRESIDENT BAKO SAHAKYAN

- Mr. President, today the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated at a briefing with journalists that the leadership of Artsakh was unaware of the details of the negotiations over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement during the term of the former Armenian government. Was the official Stepanakert aware of those details?

- As you know, when Nikol Pashinyan assumed the office of Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, the process of negotiations was one of the first issues that we discussed. I can qualify them as honest and principled, and I have publicly stated it many times.
Recently, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia has provided us with some documents about the negotiation process. We, in our turn, have transmitted a package of documents on the negotiation process to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
In general, in the past and now, the authorities of the Republic of Armenia were keeping the Artsakh leadership aware of the issues discussed and the latest developments before and after the negotiations with Azerbaijan.
Overall, I would like to emphasize that the best and possibly the only opportunity to prevent speculations is the restoration of the full format of negotiations with the direct participation of Artsakh.

- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also stated that there are some conspirators and representatives of the Artsakh government, who encourage their assistants to create posts on Facebook stating that Pashinyan is selling lands. What can you say about this?


-I have been asked similar questions, particularly during my meeting with the members of the "My Step" faction of the National Assembly of Armenia and journalists on May 20 of this year. I said if there are conspirators, they will be punished, and if anyone knows of specific people and has evidential facts of conspiracy, they should let us know about that, and we will take appropriate actions.
One of our most important achievements is our unity, and I consider any step aimed at destroying that unity inadmissible whether in Artsakh, Armenia or the Diaspora. I consider the conspiracy to be unacceptable in general. If there are doubts, distrust in relation to this or that phenomenon, a person or an official, I think it is important to discuss them and come to terms in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We have one homeland and it is our duty to do everything to maintain its unity.


Stepanakert, June 5, 2019