ARF Bureau Statement Addresses Trilateral Agreement

The statement signed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on November 10, 2020 to end the war is nothing but a defeatist and humiliating document. It is not only a great crime against the interests, desires and goals of the homeland and the entire Armenian nation, but it also unequivocally endangers and violates the absolute right of future generations of the Armenian people to live in an independent, secure and developing country and to build a dignified future.

This reprehensible and unacceptable document on the complete surrender (capitulation) of Armenia and Artsakh has infuriated and angered the Armenian people whose just demand, in order to salvage the situation, is for Nikol Pashinyan to leave without incident.

In the wake of the popular uprising, the ruling regime has begun arresting opposition party leaders and other public figures in order to evade responsibility, extend its rule and silence the people by force. We strongly condemn the illegal arrests and stress that with such actions it is impossible to curb a just wave of popular protest and anger.

At the same time, we consider the resignation of Prime Minister Pashinyan vital for the implementation of the steps envisioned by the trilateral statement and the negotiations on the next stages of the settlement of the Artsakh conflict in general, in order to create an opportunity to defend the interests of the republics of Armenia and Artsakh and the Armenian people in a worthy manner.

The Prime Minister’s resignation will signal that he places national interests above his personal political ambitions. If the Prime Minister truly signed the tripartite statement in order to save the remnants of the Homeland, by the same logic he should resign to allow political forces to unify our national potential and emerge from this situation. We caution the Prime Minister not to destabilize the country with his violence, persecution and provocations. We call on our people to be vigilant and not to give in to provocations.

At the very least, the Prime Minister himself knows full well the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)’s unconditional and unwavering devotion to the Homeland. From the first moments of the war we personally expressed to the Prime Minister our willingness to put aside all our differences and the ARF’s readiness to enlist, with its entire structure, in the Armenian Army. In the days that followed, that willingness and responsibility were proven on the battlefield and on the sidelines on internal and external fronts. We conveyed this to the Prime Minister on several occasions during the entire duration of the war.

Finally, we call on our youth around the world not to despair, not to be disappointed and not to discouraged. Our commitment to defend our national interests is unwavering. Through our unrelenting struggle, albeit sometimes unsuccessful, we will finally achieve our national aspirations.

Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau                                                                                                                    November 12, 2020

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4 Comments

  1. We have to realize that we cannot fight Turkey which has a 2 million men army
    with the best and latest military arsenal. Armenia and Artsakh has to get what its left and may be it could take a few more territory and later work with Armenia to unite Artsakh to Armenia as one nation. Artsakh will never be able to make it as an independent nation, The Azeris will come back to take the rest of it .This way if it becomes united to Armenia the Russians will have to defend it. But Armenia must upgrade its army with present day military equipment instead of their second world war lousy guns.

  2. The “capitulation” the ARF statement refers to is the reality often referred to in this war’s reporting as “military imbalance”.
    That is, Armenians against Azeris, Turkey, mercenaries, Israeli influences and world indifference. Pompeo wished us luck–the ultimate insult.
    All accounts coming across our computer screens indicated another genocide in the making.
    Now, political pretenders offer criticism for stopping the slaughter and loss of land ?
    There would have been comparable criticism if this had proceeded to the more tragic end of loss of more land and lives.
    With no win in sight, flag wavers shout “fight to the end ?”
    How noble and easy to say when we are not in harm’s way or have sons in the hell of war.
    We have no friends and that is more visible than ever just as we are surrounded more obviously than ever.

  3. Let’s say Pashinyan resigns. What is going to happen next? It will take a month or two to organize new elections. That’s in case they want to do it democratically. The idea that a coalition of different political parties will rule the country is nonsense. Decisions can’t be made by a group of people. Let’s say someone, probably Kocharian or Sarkisian, somehow comes to power. What will happen then? Will they restart the war? If yes, then are there any guarantees that we are going to have a different outcome? Armenia was fighting a coalition of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Syrian Terrorists and it was doing it with inferior weapons. By now, it is obvious that Russia will not interfere. We can discuss the reasons behind this Russian behavior for hours but it is not going to change the reality that Russians are not really sad with this outcome. Obviously, they have their own deal with Turks. So what will change? The idea that the change of leadership, in this case Pashinian, will somehow magically strengthen the Armenian army is another nonsense. The change of one guy will not drastically make an army stronger overnight. It’s a process that should have been done during 25 years. I understand the desire to find a scapegoat and vent anger on him. In this case, the PM is an easy choice but that is not going to change much except destabilize the country. This is the result of outsourcing your security to another county and over reliance on an ally. Azerbaijan did not start hoarding weapons yesterday. They were doing it for at least 10 years. And many of those who are criticizing Pashinian were the leaders who convinced us Armenians will win with the “most combat ready Army” and “asymmetric fighting”. Build your country. Strengthen the economy. Organize large scale repatriation. Let Armenia’s population grow to 5 or 6 million in 30 years. Let the economy grow tenfold and the military budget reach 6 or 7 billion. In 20 years, Azerbaijan’s oil export will halve and will struggle to even feed its own people, let alone buying Israeli drones. Then you can get whatever you want. You might even be able to challenge Turkey over parts of Western Armenia. That’s how you do things. Whether Pashinian stays or leaves is probably the least important thing.

  4. It’s clear we’ve limited friends around us. Now French are shouted loudly, where were they when the soil was stained with the blood of our boys? Nothing they do, now saying sweet words, big mouth. Solely responsible for these grave situation is our corrupted politicians, they failure in foreign policy, security measures as well as economical stands. Our heart is broken.

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