Pashinyan says no Armenian will be left in Nagorno-Karabakh in coming days
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sounded the alarm over the exodus of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh, emphasizing that it is the result of a calculated policy of ethnic cleansing carried out by Azerbaijan, with a dire prediction that no Armenians will be left in the embattled region in the coming days.
"This is a direct act of ethnic cleansing and dispossession, precisely what we've been warning the international community about for a long time," Prime Minister Pashinyan declared. He stressed that while various international actors have issued statements condemning the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh, the absence of concrete actions renders these statements nothing more than moral statistics for history.
More than half the 120,000 ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh have left in less than four days after Azerbaijan seized control of the mountain enclave where they had managed to defend their autonomy for three decades.
Azerbaijan says it is prepared to respect ethnic Armenian rights as it reabsorbs the region, but with a history burdened by folk memories of alleged genocide, ethnic cleansing, pogroms and at least two wars, the Armenians are fleeing in fear.
Pashinyan expressed his concerns that some nations are content with merely issuing statements, with no intention of taking meaningful action. He accused them of trying to distance themselves from this tragic situation, only to later claim that they had condemned it.
"If no relevant political and legal decisions follow the statements condemning it, these condemnations become acts of giving consent to what's happening on the ground," Pashinyan asserted. He went on to outline the immediate priorities of the Armenian government, stating, "Regarding the Government of Armenia, our primary duty today is to receive our brothers and sisters forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh with the utmost care and ensure their urgent needs are met."