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Armenian prime minister puts forward government ‘roadmap’ following truce in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has put forward a plan for the future work of his government following the conclusion of the truce in Nagorno-Karabakh. Pashinyan shared his 15-point “roadmap” in a Facebook post.

“I am the main one responsible for the current situation in the war, the failures, [and] the postwar situation. However, I am also the main one responsible for overcoming this situation and establishing stability and security in the country,” Pashinyan wrote.

Among the points in his program, Pashinyan included: 

  • The restoration of the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh’s status in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group
  • The return of civilians and restoration of destroyed infrastructure in Nagorno-Karabakh
  • The provision of social guarantees for the families of killed and injured citizens and servicemen
  • A reform of Armenia’s Armed Forces
  • Overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and restoring economic activity
  • Making changes to the electoral code and the law on political parties

Pashinyan has given himself six months to realize these goals and promised to report on the roadmap’s implementation in June 2021. 

Renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh broke out on September 27. On the night of November 10, the two sides signed a ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia. In Armenia, protests demanding Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation began immediately, with demonstrators calling the truce he signed “traitorous.” Armenian President Armen Sarkisyan has also called on Pashinyan to step down.