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Pashinyan warns about conspiracy and smear campaign, alarms Artsakh’s people to reject corrupt powers from past


YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has called upon the people of Artsakh to support solely those powers who are supporting the Armenian people and its legitimate representative government.

Pashinyan made the remarks during a live televised speech on May 20th regarding the judiciary.

“It is obvious that there are concrete powers representing the previous corrupt system who attempt to realize the formula applied by them in the past, that is: incite disagreements, contradictions and even animosity between the people of Artsakh and Armenia, within the logic of Divide and Rule, with the purpose of covering up and justifying corruption crimes committed by them in the past.

Although it is clear for all of us that our compatriots in Artsakh were frequently impacted from the systematic corruption in our country more, certain officials of these systems are utilizing corruption connections to implement a smear campaign in Artsakh against the Government of Armenia and personally the prime minister. Back during the last year’s parliamentary election campaign I said that by analyzing this all, I see under it a long-term goal of up to inciting a conspiracy war, even surrendering certain territories and blaming the Government of Armenia for it,” he said.

Pashinyan said these actions resemble high treason.

He assured that Prime Minister of Republic of Armenia, which is the guarantor of security of Artsakh, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in wartime, he will take the strongest measures to eradicate this conspiracy intentions. According to Pashinyan, it is also high time to create a parliamentary ad hoc committee to study the circumstances of the 2016 April War to give answers to a number of questions.

“I call upon our people of Artsakh to decisively and indubitably say no, to reject all powers whose actions are aimed at sowing differences between the two segments of our people. I call upon the people of Artsakh to support only those powers who support the people of Armenia and its legitimate representative government. All other powers definitely and indubitably have only one purpose, to use the people of Artsakh for their narrow group interests, to avoid accountability for previously committed crimes and to incite conspiracies against the sovereignty of Armenia and Artsakh,” he said.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

 




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