The transfer of our compatriots from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia may take place in the conditions when it is recorded that it is impossible for our compatriots to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh; that is, if this situation continues. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this at Friday’s Cabinet meeting of the Armenian government.
“We assess that this impossibility exists at the moment. If the situation does not improve, that situation will be on the agenda of all of us. But also, I want to inform that back on September 19, that is, the day of the start of [Azerbaijan’s military] operations [in Nagorno-Karabakh], I gave an instruction to Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Khachatryan to discuss with his government colleagues how, where, and with what we will assist our compatriots in the event of a possible flow of people to Armenia. More than 40,000 places have been prepared; it’s about places to stay, as well as simultaneously in terms of health care, food. This is an agreed position with Nagorno-Karabakh colleagues. Our Plan A is not to de-Armenianize Nagorno-Karabakh. We must do everything in our actions so that our compatriots have the chance to live in their homes without fear, with dignity,” Pashinyan said.