Artsakh Blockade Flash Update with Gev Iskajyan - Ep 233, Mar 2, 2023
Armenian News Network Groong - Mar 2, 2023
Episode 233 | Recorded: March 2, 2023
The news yesterday was that another meeting took place between Artsakh and Azerbaijani representatives.
Today, president Arayik Harutyunyan introduced the new state minister, Gurgen Nersesyan, who is replacing Ruben Vardanyan. He has the helm of all Artsakh ministries except foreign affairs and defense. Those roll up directly to president Harutyunyan.
We’ve read that the chair of the Artsakh national security council, Samvel Shahramanyan, is leading the negotiations with the Azeris, who have appointed MP Ramin Mammadov as their rep. Together with Shahramanyan is Sergey Martirosyan, who has ties to Russian General Rustam Muratov.
The Azeri side has presented these meetings as being about “reintegrating Karabakh Armenians back into Azerbaijan”. There have been multiple official rejections of this view from Artsakh, and statements that Artsakh is not discussing its status with Azerbaijan, and the current talks are not a replacement for peace negotiations.
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Gev Iskajyan is the ANC Representative in Artsakh, Nagorno Karabakh.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.