Armenian PM Warns: Fantasizing About Kars Risks Losing Yerevan

World 12:19 23.05.2024

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's recent address in parliament, as reported by Ednews citing Armenian mass media, has stirred discussions regarding the demarcation of the border with Azerbaijan. Pashinyan's remarks, delivered on May 22, focused on the dangers of certain aspirations within the opposition, which he believes could jeopardize Armenia's sovereignty and identity.

Pashinyan cautioned against the notion of "dreaming" about territories like Kars, emphasizing that such fantasies could lead to the loss of Yerevan itself. He juxtaposed the concept of "real Armenia" with historical aspirations, urging a focus on the future rather than dwelling on past territories.

During his speech, Pashinyan referenced maps from 1976, based on 1969 data from the USSR headquarters, to delineate Armenia's borders. He highlighted meticulous efforts to outline Armenia's perimeters, including specific village demarcations, using maps with legal validity at the time of the USSR's dissolution.

Asserting Armenia's territorial extent at 29,743 square kilometers, Pashinyan emphasized the importance of understanding this reality, particularly for proponents of the idea of "historical Armenia." His presentation included descriptive maps spanning 19 pages, reinforcing the government's stance on Armenia's borders and future trajectory.

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