Nikol Pashinyan: Did Armenians need Shusha?

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Baku, 16 November 2020 –

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called Shusha 'an unhappy and colourless city.'

'They say that Shusha was sold... Who did sell Shusha? If Shusha was sold, it was being sold over the past 30 years, because Shusha was an unhappy, colourless city. Did we need Shusha? And if it was needed, why was it in such a state? Now they are telling me: why was the inauguration of the president of Karabakh held in Shusha? Imagine, for 30 years the entire Armenian political elite believed that Shusha was a city in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the president of Karabakh had no right to hold events there. This is where Shusha was surrendered,' Pashinyan said from the rostrum of the National Assembly.

According to him, these territories were not surrendered in October, these territories were being handed over in the last 30 years, when everything was overgrown with weeds.

Pashinyan noted that over the past 30 years we have lived according to the following logic: the exclusion of war and not an inch of land to the enemy. 'We didn't even notice that there were contradictions between them,' he said.

'Over the past two and a half years, we have made this choice. Maybe it was a bad choice. Maybe we didn’t realise that we would not have time to work on this choice, and we lost in this choice. Personally, I am fully responsible for this. Over the past 30 years, it was necessary to revise the model of patriotism that was rooted in our minds: I will pay, I will be released from the army service,' Pashinyan said, noting that the public should demand an answer from him, but he must also demand an answer from many.

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