Ter-Petrosyan Reiterates Call for Compromise on Artsakh


YEREVAN (A.W.)—Former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan reiterated his support for a compromise solution to the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) conflict, saying there can be “no other solution” in a March 21 interview with Armenian Public Television.

Levon Ter-Petrosyan (Photo: Armenian Public Television/YouTube)

The former President and current opposition leader said that the people must demand that the Armenian government to solve the problem and the “everyday deaths of our sons.”

During the interview, Ter-Petrosyan said that he was in strong support of the proposed 2007 Madrid Principles, which calls for a return of the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabagh to Azerbaijani control and an interim status for Nagorno-Karabagh providing guarantees for security and self-governance. The proposed peace settlement also calls for a future determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabagh through a legally binding expression of will, something that Ter-Petrosyan referred to as a “great victory” for the Armenian people.

“The Armenian and Azerbaijani people must force their governments to opt for peace,” said Ter-Petrosyan, who also stressed that besides the Armenian National Congress (ANC)-Armenian People’s Party (APP) Bloc, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) is the only other political force that supports this peace proposal. “[Their] fairy tales have nothing to do with reality,” said Ter-Petrosyan, criticizing other political parties and blocs for having tougher positions on the Artsakh conflict and its solution.

Deputy speaker of the Armenian Parliament and RPA spokesperson Eduard Sharmazonov welcomed Ter-Petrosyan’s remarks. Speaking to RFE/RL’s Armenian service, Sharmazonov said that the Madrid Principles are in line with Armenian interests.

“First of all, it is very important that Armenia’s first President also accepts that today’s authorities were [fairly] elected. Secondly, [the authorities] are not taking steps in solving the Karabagh conflict that go against our national interests. Furthermore, he points out that the Madrid Principles… which was adopted by our government as a basis [for negotiations] is not treacherous,” Sharmazonov said.


13 Comments on Ter-Petrosyan Reiterates Call for Compromise on Artsakh

  1. avatar Just a Reader // March 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm // Reply

    I wonder if Ter-Petrosyan’s wife also calls for a compromise in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the return of territories to Palestine from Israel.

    • …and the creation of the State of Palestine, according to the UN 1947 Resolution 181(II).

  2. avatar Armen Armenian // March 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm // Reply

    We need a new President that is not going to losee wars, sell our lands, or keep the people poor, uneducated, unemployed ,and in horrific living conditions.

    We need a new economy, new military, new education system, and new living standards in Armenia.

    People are sick of these politicians stealing the countries money and keeping the people poor, uneducated, and unemployed

    The Country and people are not bringing in any new businiess, Schools or military powers or equipment to help Armenia and Artsa kh.

    Power to the Armenian people all across the world.

  3. avatar Armen Armenian // March 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm // Reply

    We need new minds, new military equipment, new politicians, new education system, new economy, and better Living conditions in Armenia and less corruption.

    Power to the Armenian people.

  4. It’s people like Ter-Petrosyan who betraid his people and land going along with Turks in 1900’s. And we know how it’s end up. Why anybody listening this traitor who once sold his country running away as a president.

  5. Why is the press interviewing this spineless idiot. Anybody who talks about the infamous Madrid principles, like this fool and the Republican party are traitors and should treated as such.

  6. Are the Armenians so naive and stupid to believe Azerbaijan or Turkey? All the Turks dream is to get rid of Armenia and meet their brethren in the east. It is pan-turkism; it is a new genocide in perspective. Whoever believes that Turkey and Azerbaijan have good eyes over Armenians let them go there and stay away from Armenians

  7. The 2007 Madrid Principles convince only 6-year old kids. The Status Quo should stay until the adversary’s oil and gas run out.

  8. avatar Sassoon Kosian // March 23, 2017 at 11:30 pm // Reply

    The problem is not with Ter-Petrosyan as much, we all know he is a traitor. The problem is he still has a lot of blind followers. And a bigger problem yet is Sergik Sargsyan has embraced his defeatist policy and has set the course of surrendering the liberated lands. Anyone who challenges him goes to jail with made up charges: Jirayr Sefilian, now Samvel Babayan, who is next? Sasna Tsrer would not have happened if it was not for the question of lands. And Hats Berogh would not have died, there would not have been political prisoners held in jail without trial, and the country wouldn’t be brought to the edge of instability.

    • avatar Norserunt // March 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm //


      The ARF cooperates with HHK because it knows the HHK will NEVER return Artsakh to the Azeris. What our politicians say in the international arena and what they do on the ground in Artsakh are are very different things. And you sound like Vahan Martirosyan and your fearmongering is taken right out of the Azeri playbook. Please take your propaganda to Facebook where it belongs. Don’t pollute Armenian Weekly with your nonsense. No one buys it anymore. Don’t you see that already? Tell me again how many people show up to your rallies?

  9. avatar Sassoon Kosian // March 23, 2017 at 11:31 pm // Reply

    And mind you, ARF is in coalition with Sergik’s mafia government who is preparing to hand out our liberated lands to Azerbaijan.

  10. avatar Armen Armenian // March 25, 2017 at 2:11 am // Reply

    I think we need to vote for Dodi Gago for the next President of Armenia. He is a great business man, Artin smart human, Tough, an Armenian Patriot, and will make our countries military, economy , and theliving condtions in Armenia much better than it is.

    God Bless Armenia.

    • avatar Concerned Expat // April 27, 2017 at 3:38 am //

      This is the same reason American’s voted for Trump. And Trump has broken all of his promises in only four months. Don’t be fooled by celebrities.

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