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THE REPUBLIC OF ARTSAKH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY "UNITED MOTHERLAND" FACTION’S STATEMENT
05 August 2022

THE REPUBLIC OF ARTSAKH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

"UNITED MOTHERLAND" FACTION’S

STATEMENT

On the demand for the demilitarization of the Republic of Artsakh and the dissolution of the Defense Army

Last few days, taking advantage of geopolitical shifts, using force or threat of force Azerbaijan dictates a new agenda in the responsibility of the peacekeeping forces of the Russian Federation, presenting groundless demands for the demilitarization of Nagorno Karabakh and the disbandment of the Defense Army.

Taking into account the above, the "United Motherland" faction declares:

  • We strongly condemn the systematic violations of the tripartite statement of November 9, 2020 on a complete ceasefire and the end of all hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh as well as Azerbaijan's aggressive actions.
  • RA Armed Forces units have been withdrawn from Nagorno-Karabakh and the security of the people of Artsakh is ensured by the local self-defense forces and with the help of a small number of Russian peacekeeping troops.
  • The people of Artsakh have no choice but to take self-defense measures against the backdrop of continuous armed attacks against the people of Artsakh, incitement of ethnic hatred, destruction of Armenian cultural and religious monuments, and Azerbaijani policy of depopulation.
  • The people of Artsakh have no choice but to take self-defense measures against the backdrop of continuous armed attacks against the people of Artsakh, incitement of ethnic hatred, destruction of Armenian cultural and religious monuments, and Azerbaijani policy of depopulation.
  • The Republic of Artsakh realizes the inalienable right of self-defense established by the UN Charter to protect the fundamental rights of its people from the continuous and systematic aggression of Azerbaijan. Hence, we find any demand for the dissolution or disarmament of the unconditional guarantor of the security of the people of Artsakh - the Artsakh Defense Army-inacceptable. At the same time, this requirement does not reflect the obligations of the Parties assumed by the Declaration.
  • Emphasizing the mediation efforts of Russia in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and assuming a peacekeeping mission, as well as taking into account the continuous aggressive interventions of the Azerbaijani side, we are convinced that endowing the Russian peacekeeping presence in Nagorno-Karabakh with internationally established guarantees and clear functions is the imperative of the day.

The Armed Forces of Artsakh is the ontological premise and guarantee of the Artsakh people, so any direct or indirect intervention limiting its operations and worsening its legal status is not only inversely proportional to the national security interests of the Artsakh people, but also an encroachment on the Armenian future of Artsakh.

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