Protests continue in Yerevan. Thousands of opponents met again in the capital of Armenia to ask the country’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinián, to leave office.
“For the good of our country, for the good of our dignity, for the good of the nerves of these people … go away!” Asked Pashinián, the member of the Party of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Gegham Manukyan.
For many Armenians, Pashinian capitulated by agreeing to a ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan that will cause Armenia to lose a significant part of Nargono-Karabakh and the adjacent provinces that had been under its control for three decades.
“They lied to people when they said that we won, that we had control of the situation. Only in the last few days it became clear that all these territories were being ceded. Later they came to Shushi and the city surrendered. We felt that this was a treason, “said Varuzhan Sahakyan, a citizen residing in Yerevan.
On Monday, Nikol Pashinián made his first public appearance since announcing the cessation of hostilities last week. And he broadcast live, on the Internet, the special session of Parliament. He intended to address the legislators and also the rest of the country and defend the measure he has adopted. He claimed that the agreement to stop the conflict was Armenia’s only option.
For some, the deal represented good news. With the fighting ceasing, many of the displaced who had to be housed in shelters in Yerevan have begun to think about going home and rebuilding their lives. Karina is one of these people. His family home in Martakert will remain under Armenian control near the new border with Azerbaijan. He assures that he wants to return to normality but that it will be impossible to coexist in peace with his new Azerbaijani neighbors. He does not think it is possible to live near them.
“No. Absolutely not. My brother just died. He passed away on October 13 and he was my only brother. We haven’t even gone to see his grave. Nobody would like to live next to an enemy who … well that’s it. everything, “says Karina Mkrtchyan, one of the women displaced as a result of the conflict.
The dispute over Nagorno Karabakh is part of a decades-long conflict that has fueled the political discourse of both countries. For Armenians, this last chapter is just another one in the dispute. It is a tremendous loss but many hope to reverse the situation one day.