Armenian PM Pashinyan issues warning over ceasefire stability in Nagorno-Karabakh
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia cautioned on Thursday that Azerbaijan might still aim to entangle Armenia in further military conflicts even with the current ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
In a live address, Pashinyan reiterated his belief that a primary objective behind Azerbaijan's assault on Nagorno-Karabakh was to drag Armenia into military confrontations. "The introduction of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh does not signify the removal of this issue from the agendas of those who initially raised it," remarked Pashinyan, as reported by the Armenpress.
The Prime Minister highlighted Armenia's non-participation in the ceasefire negotiations, saying, "We were aware of the ongoing process, but we weren't involved. My astonishment stems from the ceasefire terms mentioning the withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from Nagorno-Karabakh. We've consistently asserted that Armenia doesn't have an army stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh."
On the ground, the Defense Army units of Nagorno-Karabakh remain stationed in their initial positions, as confirmed by Pashinyan on September 21. He added, "Presently, post-ceasefire, the Defense Army units retain their original locations, as do the Azerbaijani military forces."
However, Pashinyan did report a regrettable incident near Stepanakert on September 21. Despite this, the ceasefire is primarily observed, with only a few reported infractions.
Finally, addressing circulating reports about Azerbaijani troop movements in Stepanakert, Pashinyan firmly denied such claims. "There's no truth to such reports," he confirmed. Although he acknowledged communication challenges in Nagorno-Karabakh, he assured that the situation remains stable for the most part.