Today, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed the nation via a Facebook live on the 40th day of the cessation of large-scale hostilities in the Second Artsakh War.
As Zartonk Media was informed from press service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, the statement runs as follows:
“Dear people, dear compatriots in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.
Today marks the 40th day of the cessation of large-scale hostilities in the Second Artsakh War. That war had serious consequences for us, many of our compatriots were killed on the battlefield, and three days of mourning have been declared in Armenia on this occasion.
The last 84 days are among the hardest days of our people, without a doubt. We have passed and are going through a nightmare as a nation. Sometimes it seems that our dreams have been shattered, sometimes it seems that our optimism has collapsed, the efficiency of our institutions has been questioned. As a result of all this, a big question mark has been formed and formulated. What are we going to do next, how are we going to live after this, and what will be our goal?
And why did everything go this way, why did it happen that way? Of course, I have taken full responsibility for what happened, which I bear officially, and I have said that I will humbly accept any verdict that our people will make. But I can not say that if the institution of the scapegoat is good for shepherding the heart, to vent anger and rage, it is not at all useful to understand what happened in its depth and completeness, something that is necessary in terms of building the future and not repeating the way of the past.
This, of course, does not mean that the study of the circumstances of the war should not be carried out, the culprits in specific episodes should not be identified and brought to justice.
But we need a deeper analysis of reality, because what happened could not be the result of the mistakes of one or more people, one or several years. We have to face the reality and admit that we have made mistakes for many years, the mistakes we have made have been systemic, conceptual, substantive. And all this has led to consequences that pose a threat even to our state institutions.
Did I understand all this during and after taking office as Prime Minister? Of course yes: Was I trying to change the situation? Of course yes: But now I am more convinced that there was simply no time to stop the spinning wheel of history. The resistance was desperate, but not senseless. And I say this with conviction because the purpose and purpose of my message today is not to instill institutional despair in the country, but, on the contrary, to create optimism and hope, even for those who think or comment that this may end our history.
It is obvious that we are ending a period of our history. But the real tragedy will be if we continue to live in the end and the logic of graduation. This is my biggest fear that we will not be able to overcome this logic of end and graduation and continue to stay in it, continue to hurt ourselves.
Every collapse, no matter how cruel it may sound, is a zero point, an opportunity to create something new, and today and right now I want us not to forget about this. By the way, this is not about starting a new life from a new day at all. It is too early, too early to talk about such a thing. But our tragedy should not destroy us, but should save us. First of all, for the sake of our martyrs, their children, their parents, black mothers, fathers who have turned white, children who do not turn a blind eye.
And for this we need to understand in depth what we did not do, why we did not do it and when we did not do it. This, of course, is not a distant, but, nevertheless, future question. And in this context, I want to address some of the current important issues.
Perhaps the most urgent are the processes taking place around Syunik. As I have already said before, these days the borders in the Syunik sector are being adjusted, or rather, the Armenian Armed Forces, the border guards are stationed on the internationally recognized borders of Armenia. This, of course, brings some changes in the environment we are familiar with, creates certain complications and inconveniences. Mostly, it creates emotions. And there are even assessments that what is happening surrenders to Syunik or threatens the loss of Syunik. The reality, however, is the exact opposite. All this is done to guarantee the security of Syunik, to strengthen the guarantees.
How: The problem is that in the parts outside the internationally recognized borders of Armenia, there was a high probability of resumption of hostilities in recent days, and if that escalation took place in the mentioned part, it could be transferred to Syunik region, the territory of the Republic of Armenia, with consequent consequences. And today, by being located on our internationally recognized borders, we are creating a new guarantee of security for Syunik, because today’s border is already the border of the security system of which we are a member, and where completely different security rules already apply.
Today, the Russian border troops and other forces are fully involved in Syunik, and this is a completely new security situation. Of course, as a result of all this, transport and logistical difficulties may arise, the uninterrupted operation of some of our roads may be difficult, but these are solvable issues, and we are making efforts to address them, including through having a tripartite document. Also, I am going to leave for Syunik region, to get acquainted with the situation on the spot and to dispel all the fears of the people of Syunik. And I’m sure I will be able to do that, especially during discussions in a mysterious format. Now, however, I want to repeat that not a single millimeter of land has been ceded from the territory of Syunik region, from the territory of Syunik region, as not a single millimeter of land has been ceded from the whole territory of the Republic of Armenia. You can be sure of that,
Dear people, dear compatriots in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.
One of our biggest problems remains the return of our captive compatriots, the search for the missing. Also, the issue of stabilizing the situation around Armenia and Artsakh, and this is what our daily efforts are aimed at. Unfortunately, there are still some sources of tension in both Armenia and Artsakh. Unfortunately, the issue of returning the captives and finding the whereabouts of the missing has not been fully resolved. Unfortunately, we had new captives in Khtsaberd, which should have been incompatible with the logic of ceasefire.
No matter how difficult it is, all this should not lead us to despair. because our martyrs have fallen so that Armenia may live, Artsakh may live, the Armenian people may live. And today, at 13:00, we will hold a procession of homage and respect to our martyrs, from the Republic Square to Yerablur. This is a promise to all our brothers, their children, and their families that their sacrifice will not be in vain. This will be a process of reflection, where each of us as a nation must reflect on our past and future path. Today’s march, of course, has no political context, but it takes place in a specific political situation, the position of which remains the same and has not changed.
The people, only the people, should decide the fate of the government and not the elite circles, and in this regard, our biggest task is to stabilize the situation and create an opportunity for the people to express their will. Until then, the government must work on the most effective implementation of the provisions of the Roadmap I published on November 18, which will also solve many post-war problems and, in general, stabilize the internal political situation.
Ahead of our march today, I bow to all our martyrs, their mothers, fathers, wives and children. It is also a march of promise that we will do everything possible and impossible to find out the fate of our missing brothers, to return our captives, to restore our hope, to restore our optimism, to live, to create, to rebuild Armenia and Artsakh.
“Let’s build Armenia in a new way.” I chose this slogan before the war to guide Armenia’s transformation strategy. And this formula is useful for looking at the future from our current situation as well. We have to perceive the world in a new way, we have to look at what we have to do and play in a new way, we have to re-evaluate our capabilities in a new way, first of all in education, science, technological development, we have to build our dream anew, and we have to Let’s dream anew. And our dreams should bring a smile to the souls of our martyred brothers, their children, their homeland for the sake of the homeland. And the realization of those dreams will bring that smile.
Glory to our fallen heroes, glory to our living heroes, and glory to those who will still be heroes on the way to realizing the dreams of our people, giving our people creative victories.
Today, at 13:00, we meet in the Republic Square to make our homage to Yerablur. And it will also be a march to live and show that we are here, that we will live, and that we will live.