The territorial losses are such that we Armenians need to set real objectives for ourselves. Robert Kocharyan, the second President and leader of the “Armenia” bloc—which will run in the snap parliamentary elections on June 20—, stated this during a meeting with the residents and this bloc’s active members at three administrative districts of the capital Yerevan.
“As far as the former borders of Armenia are concerned, there simply couldn’t have been any conversation at all. As far as Nagorno-Karabakh is concerned, we need to be able to maintain at least what exists today and try to solve the issue of restoration of the borders of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast during future discussions on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh. I can envision this, and I see an opportunity in the next few years. This will be extremely difficult because, first and foremost, we suffered major losses in the process of negotiations as well. First, we need to move the issue to the domain of the right to self-determination,” he said, adding that this will be possible, if Armenia restores the capacity of the armed forces very quickly because if it doesn’t, the negotiations will be eternal and ineffective.