Unmet at Granada: Armenian PM expresses disappointment over the cancellation of the conference

Unmet at Granada: Armenian PM expresses disappointment over the cancellation of the conference
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Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan regrets missed opportunity as Azerbaijani President Aliyev Pulls out of the meeting.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia expressed disappointment over the abrupt cancellation of a pivotal meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev scheduled to take place in Granada, Spain. The conference, which held the prospect of signing a significant agreement, was anticipated to be a progressive step in the ongoing negotiations between the two nations.

As reported by Armenpress, the Armenian leader remained committed to attending the meeting until its cancellation, hoping to endorse a crucial document to foster regional stability. "We were in a constructive and optimistic disposition because we believed that there was a chance to sign a document of crucial significance," Pashinyan revealed during a parliamentary session.

However, the meeting was hampered not by internal opposition within Armenia but by the absence of Azerbaijani President Aliyev, who pulled out due to disagreements over the meeting's participant list.

According to Azerbaijani media reports, Aliyev's withdrawal was triggered by the refusal of Germany and France to accede to Azerbaijan's request to include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the summit. The meeting was to be attended by significant European leaders, including the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The humanitarian crisis looms

As the diplomatic impasse persists, the humanitarian situation arising from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continues to be of grave concern. Prime Minister Pashinyan's spokesperson, Nazeli Baghdasaryan, disclosed that as of October 4, over 100,000 forcibly displaced persons had entered Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh. The majority have been registered, while hundreds, including children, receive treatment in Armenian hospitals due to the severity of their conditions.