Legislator Armen Rustamyan calls for “pan-Armenian movement” to protect Artsakh


YEREVAN, JANUARY 16, ARTSAKHPRESS. Member of Parliament Armen Rustamyan representing the Hayastan faction is calling for a “pan-Armenian movement” to protect the Armenians of Artsakh.

Rustamyan said that everyone has their share of responsibility in the situation around Lachin Corridor and everyone understands that the issue cannot go on for long.

“This problem must get a solution,” Rustamyan told reporters. “If Azerbaijan believes that it can achieve its goals by keeping the road closed indefinitely, constantly, then by seeing the unbreakable will of the Armenians of Artsakh it will naturally retreat. Only through struggle can this be thwarted and counterbalanced. Today we simply need a pan-Armenian movement to protect the Armenians of Artsakh, which must be created and realized as soon as possible. All our proposals are aimed at this. One, unified center must be created, call it a headquarters or a council, which must generate a pan-Armenian movement,” Rustamyan said.

The opposition MP added that the Armenian people cannot idly stand by and watch how long Artsakh will endure.

Azerbaijan is keeping the Lachin Corridor blocked since December 12, 2022. The corridor is Nagorno Karabakh’s(Artsakh) only road to Armenia and the rest of the world. The blockade has caused an ongoing humanitarian crisis with widespread shortages of essential supplies such as food and medicine. Furthermore, on January 9 the electricity transmission line supplying energy from Armenia to Artsakh was damaged in the area controlled by Azerbaijan. Since then, Azerbaijan has been barring repair crews from accessing the site. On January 12, an internet blackout was reported in Artsakh. The internet cable was damaged in the area where the fake eco-activists are blocking the corridor. A day later, as a result of negotiations conducted by Russian peacekeepers, repair crews were allowed to access the site and internet was restored. The corridor remains blocked.

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