The Western Armenian government’s response to press conferences by former Eastern Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian and current Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan 

  • by Western Armenia, July 06, 2023 in Politics

The former Foreign Minister of Eastern Armenia, Vardan Oskanian, referring to the recent statement of the US Ambassador to Eastern Armenia, Christina Quinn, announced that if today's authorities give themselves full powers and remain silent, there will be a change in the solution of the Artsakh problem within 2-3 months. For this, he mentioned three conditions,

1. There is no need to sign a document at gunpoint. 

2. The demands of Armenia, not just Baku, must be put on the table. 

3. When considering the question of status, it must be borne in mind that Artsakh has never been part of a republic and was an autonomous region during the USSR. These must be placed at the heart of the negotiation process and not forgotten.

Ararat Mirzoyan, the current Foreign Minister of Eastern Armenia, answering questions about the year's maps to be used for the delimitation and demarcation process and what the Tavush enclaves are, replied: 

1. There is no definitive answer to the question of delimitation and demarcation. Only the Alma-ata declaration is taken into account. 

2. The question of enclaves should be resolved by the delimitation commission, which has not yet been formed.

The government of Western Armenia would like to draw your attention to the fact that neither minister mentioned that Artsakh is not independent. Artsakh is a region of Armenia, which existed in 1919 and 1920, is recognized by the USA, . No one and no state has the right to make a declaration on behalf of independent Western Armenia. We say the same about Eastern Armenia. Eastern Armenia is a province of the independent and sovereign state of Armenia by virtue of the Wilson arbitration award, which is binding and has no time limit and has not been annulled to date. The international community knows this and has no right to force anyone to break away or to make its own decisions. 

The only authority entitled to make a decision is the Republic of Western Armenia. 

The full interview with the two ministers is presented below.