YEREVAN, April 6 – RII News. Ex-President of Armenia Robert Kocharian expressed the opinion that it was possible to stop the war in Nagorno-Karabakh with “a completely different alignment”, but the Armenian side did not take on such responsibility.
He recalled that Russia was doing its best to “stop the war,” and “there was a well-known proposal from the Russian president on October 19, which was rejected by the Armenian side.”
“That is, there was an opportunity to stop the war with a completely different alignment, and the Armenian side, the Armenian prime minister did not take responsibility for making such a decision. As he (the prime minister – ed.) Explained, the people would not understand him and would accuse him of betrayal,” – said Kocharyan on the air on Channel One.
According to the ex-president, because of this, Karabakh lost dozens of times more than it had as of October 19, and several thousand more killed and wounded.
“That is, this is the degree of responsibility of the person who should and was obliged to make this decision. There was a position of the General Staff that we are losing the war, there was a written report from the General Staff. Everyone understood what was happening. It was easier for the authorities to hand over absolutely everything and say, 'Well you can do it, we lost “than to take a difficult and responsible decision in the course of the war, which was incomparably better than what we actually received,” the ex-president believes. Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh
He added that the prime minister of Armenia bears personal responsibility for everything that happened.
“The state of Armenia today as a whole and the state of the Armenian army do not allow anyone sober to think about such a revenge, but a too unjust peace cannot last long and cannot be eternal. Therefore, the situation must be looked at as follows: if we want to put an end to this conflict then it is necessary to find a solution that will be perceived from the point of view of fairness with sufficient understanding, “Kocharian said, answering the question,” does he have an idea of revenge “if he succeeds in gaining power in Armenia. Infographics
Answering the question whether he believes that “the lost territories are lost forever, that they cannot be returned,” the ex-president said that “he would not speak in the affirmative about all the territories.” “I think not all is lost, there is an opportunity, at least in the negotiation process, to discuss the territories that were part of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region. With what status, how? This is a very complicated process, but I think that there are some possible there are prospects, “Kocharian said.
At the end of September last year, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of the long-term conflict and led to casualties among the civilian population. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 turned out to be successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam districts to Baku. In addition, Russian peacekeepers are stationed in the region.