Armenian Government Grapples with Internal Division on Village Return Issue - Ishkhan Verdiyan talks on Ednews

Politics 14:12 28.03.2024

In a recent development, conflicting viewpoints have emerged within the Armenian government regarding the return of villages to Azerbaijan. While Alen Simonyan, the speaker of the Yerevan parliament, staunchly asserts that not a single village will be relinquished to Azerbaijan, Prime Minister Pashinyan expresses a differing opinion, indicating that four villages will be returned in the near future.

The apparent discord raises questions about the underlying reasons for the disagreement within the Armenian leadership and the potential implications for the government's stance in the current situation.

In a private statement to Ednews, Armenian political activist Ishkhan Verdiyan shed light on the issue, suggesting that Prime Minister Pashinyan's challenge lies in effectively communicating his political approach to the public:

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" This indicates the main problem of Pashinyan's government - it does not know how to communicate its approach to political processes to the public. Without realizing it, he turned Armenia into a unique country in the world where no state propaganda is carried out."

Verdiyan further contends that the apparent disparity between Pashinyan and Simonyan's statements may not reflect a true contradiction in their positions:

"Both politicians are talking about the same thing and there is no contradiction in their positions. Alen Simonyan says that not a single Armenian village will surrender to Azerbaijan, but he forgets to add that these 4 villages are not Armenian."

According to Verdiyan, Armenia's official position does not claim enclave or bordering Azerbaijani villages as its own, thereby contextualizing Simonyan's assertion within the broader geopolitical landscape.

However, Verdiyan underscores the absence of a coordinated information dissemination strategy from the Armenian government, which has led to confusion among both domestic and international observers.

As tensions persist over the fate of these villages, observers remain vigilant for further developments and potential clarifications from Armenian authorities.

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