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We are grateful to the United States, through whose mediation a fragile ceasefire agreement was reached - Alen Simonyan

We are grateful to the United States, through whose mediation a fragile ceasefire agreement was reached - Alen Simonyan

The meeting with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi took place. We discussed the regional problems and the wide scope of bilateral cooperation, Alen Simonyan, RA National Assembly Speaker informed.   "Mrs. Pelosi's visit to Armenia in this gravest period is extremely important for us. We always felt her support in the most difficult issues sensible for us.   During the meeting, we spoke about the military aggression by Azerbaijan on September 13, against the sovereign territory of Armenia. I informed her that the Azerbaijani armed forces severely bombed not only the border positions of Armenia but also numerous settlements and civilian infrastructure, as a consequence of which there are many human losses.   It is clear that the military-political power of Azerbaijan takes advantage of the fact that the attention of the international community is focused on Ukraine.   We are grateful to the United States for the agreement on the fragile ceasefire reached by their mediation on September 14. We are thankful also to the U.S power, particularly the members of Congress for the targeted assessment of the war actions of Azerbaijan.   At the meeting, I presented the consistent progress recorded in the strengthening of democratic institutes and rule of law after the 2018 Velvet revolution and the steps to be taken.   We referred to the development of the Armenian-American inter-parliamentary relations and discussed the perspectives of expansion of cooperation in that direction. In this context, I highly appreciated the activity of the Congressional Armenian Caucus (CAC) and its key role in the strengthening of bilateral ties.   The U.S. Congress has continuously proved that it is a reliable partner and an important platform, where in the atmosphere of mutual understanding and genuine friendship numerous issues on Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian people can be discussed.   We also discussed regional problems, as well as issues on bilateral cooperation.   Both sides highlighted the need for continuous expansion of joint agenda aimed at democratic values."
12:54 - 18 September, 2022
The Chief of the General Staff stated that they will not allow the viability of the group located 4.5 km from Jermuk to be ensured, that group will leave from there

The Chief of the General Staff stated that they will not allow the viability of the group located 4.5 km from Jermuk to be ensured, that group will leave from there

As reported earlier, Edward Asryan, head of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, said at a meeting with diplomatic representatives in the RA in Jermuk that "currently, the groups of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces units are located 4.5 km away from the gates of the city of Jermuk". After the meeting, in a conversation with journalists outside, he showed the areas where the Azerbaijani armed forces have reached. He specifically mentioned that only one group of the enemy is located at a distance of 4.5 km from the Jermuk gates.  "And from the top of the hill, (where that group is located, - ed.), to the right and left, that is, to the south and north, the depth of the enemy's penetration, taking into account the distance from the city of Jermuk, is 8, 10 km," he stated. He emphasized that it should also be understood from a tactical point of view that the enemy did not reach Jermuk's gates with the attack, but only one group, which was cut off from its units, was on the top of that hill.  "And from the point of view of viability. if that group of the enemy is not supplied with both food and water, there is a specially prepared unit, then within a few days their resources will be completely exhausted, and they will have to leave there,"  he said. Asryan reminded that he presented at the meeting that the group was surrounded from the sides by Armenian units, stressing that he considers the tactical situation to be stable, and as a result of the skillful actions of the Armenian side, that group will leave there. "We will not allow their viability to be ensured, there will be no movement of vehicles to our territory, and currently there is none. They are not able to bring their food and water and provide them, and losing their vitality, the group will retreat and join their main units, which are located at greater distances from Jermuk's junctions, 7, 8, 10, even on the order," he noted. The head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces also said that today they also observed that a group of 50-60 people of the enemy retreated to the RA state border.  "This is the situation," he concluded.
16:37 - 16 September, 2022
I will sign the decision, as a result of which Armenia will receive lasting peace and security with an area of 29.800 square kilometers

I will sign the decision, as a result of which Armenia will receive lasting peace and security with an area of 29.800 square kilometers

During the National Assembly question-and-answer session, deputy Hovik Aghazaryan asked whether the peace agreement to be signed should not be followed by the adjustment of the borders. At first, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan answered the question, noting that there could be peace or establishment of relations, mutual recognition agreement, from which various processes, including border demarcation and demarcation, would result. "It can be the other way around, with a package approach, all the issues in one contract with all the details, there can also be separate processes: borders are demarcated, communications are determined, opened, and then there is a final contract. In my opinion, it is possible to sign a recognition agreement, record the most important issues, and parallel processes, for example, the border delimitation process,"  Mirzoyan said. Then RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also addressed Aghazaryan's question, saying that the issue is important. Pashinyan noted that he has taken the responsibility of making difficult decisions for the sake of peace, but this does not mean that these decisions should contradict the state interests of the Republic of Armenia. "We must go to them to guarantee the security of Armenia, lasting peace. We want to sign a paper, as a result of which many people will criticize us, curse us, call us traitors, the people may even decide to remove us from power, and we will be grateful if as a result of this, Armenia will get lasting peace and security with an area of ​​29.800 square kilometers. I will most likely sign the decision that will ensure this. I am not interested in what will happen to me, I am interested in what will happen to the Republic of Armenia," Pashinyan stated.
18:43 - 14 September, 2022