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We should go to escalation, but with careful planning and reasonable steps: Political scientist on statement of Artsakh president

We should go to escalation, but with careful planning and reasonable steps: Political scientist on statement of Artsakh president

Yesterday, Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan announced the necessity to take extreme measures. He also announced his decision to join the sit-in staged in Stepanakert’s Revival Square. Turning to the international community, Harutyunyan noted that they will take drastic measures unless the international community meets the demands of the people of Artsakh within a week.

In his meeting with ABC Media, political scientist, Coordinator of “Alternative Projects” group Vahe Hovhannisyan noted that it is hard to imagine what these “drastic measures” mean.

“I think that Arayik Harutyunyan’s statements and protest actions in Artsakh are not the result of a happy life and are somewhat desperate measures. The situation in Artsakh is rather obscure. And this is partly our own fault. We cannot lay the blame for everything at the door of the world and mediators, considering their indifference,” the expert noted.

According to Hovhannisyan, we made mistakes well before the blockade and during the 220 days of the blockade.

“Now we are placed in a situation where there seems to be no way out on the horizon. This is our new reality, and the people in Artsakh are facing it, unlike those living in Armenia or elsewhere. They experience firsthand what it means to have no food to feed children, to have no medicine for patients, to be constant targets of Azerbaijani tanks. Our compatriots in Artsakh experience this critical situation firsthand,” he noted.

As Hovhannisyan put it, this is not a suitable time to discuss who did something or failed to do that.

“We are all in a grave situation and take drastic actions. I believe that there are solutions and ways out of this situation. I agree that we should go to escalation. But this must be done with careful planning and reasonable steps. Otherwise, this situation will lead to tragedy. However, if we take reasonable steps toward victory and not toward surrender, we will achieve results.We should consider our resources and infrastructure for struggle, as on the one hand there are the RA authorities doing nothing, on the other hand, there are the people living in Artsakh, who have been in blockade for 220 days. On top of this, the political opposition is dissolved in Armenia, and there are tens of thousands of Armenians, who suffer from this situation every day but don’t know what to do,” Vahe Hovannisyan noted.