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Pashinyan: Sargsyan too was going to return Azerbaijanis to Shusha

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Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan spoke about the important letter of Serzh Sargsyan to the mediators from the OSCE Minsk Group on Karabakh when he had been president and other hidden details of the negotiations, Sputnik-Armenia reports.

'The interview of the outcast (Pashinyan calls Sargsyan so - Ed) is a good opportunity to open new layers of content in the negotiation process. There were certain restrictions on this issue before,' said Pashinyan. In particular, among the negotiating documents there is a letter from Serzh Sargsyan to the mediators.

'From it we learn that Sargsyan had a certain concern about a possible referendum (and it was not indicated where it would be held). It was indicated that there should be an opportunity for the free expression of the will of the entire population - and Sargsyan was worried about how many Azerbaijanis would be considered the population of Nagorno-Karabakh,' said the acting Armenian PM.

The question arises - in order to be considered residents of Nagorno-Karabakh, these Azerbaijanis must live there?

Pashinyan 'thanked' Sargsyan for the opportunity to reveal the details. After all, when he spoke a few months ago about the return of Azerbaijanis to Shusha, the former authorities of Armenia argued that there had been no such question.

'The question is - where were the Azerbaijanis, residents of Nagorno-Karabakh supposed to live? I hope everyone understands the answer to this question,' Pashinyan added.

He argues that the content and logic of the negotiations on Karabakh already changed under the previous government (2015-2016), and not with his coming to power.

Pashinyan called on the ex-president to talk about the events of autumn 2015 - winter 2016, which were followed by the April hostilities.

'There are documents proving this, protocols of negotiations. I worked with these papers in 2018... Or maybe it turns out that during this period the mediators began to defend the position of Azerbaijan? And the Madrid principles were just a "signboard" within the framework of which other processes were going on,' Pashinyan noted.

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