By Friends of Keghart, Canada & USA, 30 January 2024
In recent months, the world has become familiar with the Arabic word Naqba which means catastrophe, and it is deployed by Palestinians to describe Israel’s pushing out 750,000 Palestinians from Palestine in 1948. Armenians also have a Naqba. It’s the middle name of Nikol Pashinyan, prime minister of the Republic of Armenia (RoA). Here is a partial list of Pashinyan’s 33 blunders.
BEFORE THE 2020 WAR
- April 2018: When the revolution was in full swing, he declared on the microphones at Yerevan’s Hrabarag (Square): “If Nigol does not become Prime Minister of Armenia, there will be no Prime Minister of Armenia.”
- 2019-2020: At public rallies, he stated over and over “I will never ever sign anything without bringing it up with you, the people.”
- Offended Russia EXCESSIVELY from the very start, not that in many ways Russia has not deserved severe criticism. It led the country into an uncharted territory and ultimately to the ethnic-cleansing of Artsakh. Some see it as punishment to Pashinyan, but led to catastrophe for the nation.
- 2019: He went live on the Internet and asked citizens to block the entrances and exits of the courts in Armenia. A totally undemocratic call.
- 2019: He closed the Ministry of Diaspora.
- 2019: Armenia lost its critical position for good at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
- He replaced all the key top positions, including the National Security Agency, with very young and inexperienced people (and often changed them). In doing so, he burned bridges and reduced confidence levels with the corresponding agency heads of friendly countries.
In a public speech in Artsakh, he declared Artsakh was part of Armenia. The statement sabotaged years of negotiations with the enemy and suggested Armenia had not been frank during negotiations with Azerbaijan. The statement was also a serious blow to Armenia’s international reputation and offered Azerbaijan the excuse to attack us in 2020 with disastrous results for Artsakh and Armenia.
- Like previous leaders of the Republic of Armenia, he did not emphasize that Azerbaijan was invented in 1918 and that no country was ever named that before then.
DURING THE WAR (Sept 27 – Nov 9, 2020)
- Sept 27, 2020: On the first day of the war he told the Parliament “If we lose this war, we will lose it with honour.”
- On the third day of the war, Chief of Staff General Onig Kasbaryan told him: “Armenia cannot win this war.” Pashinyan ignored the general’s words although he knew very well that we were not only dealing with Azerbaijan.
- On Oct. 10 Russia offered to stop the war provided that Russian peace-keepers took over Artsakh’s borders. Pashinyan refused.
- On Oct 19, Putin had brokered a deal whereby Artsakh would keep Karvajar and Berdzor (Lachin) and return the other surrounding regions. He refused. (Shushi was still in Artsakh’s control).
- His wife, without any official authority, was in the command headquarters’ bunker all the while interfering with the decisions of the top generals. When General Movses Hagopyan asked her to leave, she ensured he was fired. Additionally, she unfairly justified Azerbaijan detention of Armenian POWs after the war when she proclaimed that they were cowards. Moreover, she goes on extravagant shopping trips. This is unseemly in a country at war.
- Pashinyan was calling the front lines on live Internet, supposedly to motivate the soldiers and was sheepishly asking: “How many of you are there?”
- He continuously called President Emmanuel Macron instead of solving the issue with Moscow.
- On Nov. 9, when he signed the capitulation agreement (without reviewing the text with Foreign Minister Mnatsaganyan or President Armen Sarkissyan), he did not resign.
- The text had a lot of basic flaws. For example, there was no deadline for returning all the POWs. The deadline to vacate the surrounding regions was unrealistic and short, which did not give enough time for the villagers to take care of their fields, herds, and their other belongings.
AFTER THE War (Nov 9, 2020)
- During POW’s exchange he returned all the Azeri prisoners without receiving all the Armenian prisoners.
- 2021: When Azeri forces cut into Armenia proper, he incredibly said: “We are not going to start a war just because their forces moved to our side of the lake.” Pointing to a mountainside, he said: “That mountain is covered with snow half the year. Are we supposed to defend that mountain, too?”
- 2021: In Prague, he agreed Artsakh was part of Azerbaijan, without receiving guarantees about the security of the people living there.
- 2022: During a press conference in Germany with Chancellor Sholz, he talked about Azerbaijan’s borders when the Chancellor was talking about Artsakh’s self-determination.
- 2023: Armenia signed the Rome Statute, without getting anything in return. He caused additional anger in Moscow.
- Throughout his tenure, instead of working behind the scenes, he criticized other countries during interviews with foreign and local reporters.
- He appointed his English tutor as ambassador to the United States…the highest diplomatic title. She had no experience in diplomacy.
- To negotiate a “normalization” process with Turkey, he appointed an inexperienced 30-year-old as a negotiator. The appointee had no diplomatic credentials or experience in international negotiations.
- Throughout his tenure there has been an obvious push to detach from Armenian national values and history. He has an agenda that eerily coincides with that of our hostile neighbors’ agenda. During his unfortunate tenure, the Ministry of Education issued books and textbooks that changed Western Armenia to “Anatolia.” By not correcting he gave his tacit approval to texts and pronouncements which asserted that Armenia’s coat of arms should change, that Ararat is not in Armenia, and Armenia’s highest mountain is Arakads (Thank you Mr. Geographer-Historian). He is all for changing the title of our history books from “Hayots Badmutyun” to “Hayasdani Badmutyun,” etc.
- He did not hit back at absurd Azeri claims, such as that Armenia is “Western Azerbaijan.”
- Instead of modifying some of the items of the constitution, he wants to re-write it so that Armenia would have no demands from any of its neighbors, burying Artsakh’s self-determination for good, as well as the Cause of Armenian lands occupied by Turkey.
- He is trying to cut off the nation and the country from its history.
- He imprisons many and prevents entrance of compatriots from Diaspora — people who simply disagree with him
Did not hit back sufficiently at Israel’s continual support of Azerbaijan’s genocide of Armenians in Artsakh and Israel’s hypocrisy in refusing to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
- While the Azeris make nonstop new demands, Pashinyan continuously talks about a “Peace Document,” without getting anything in return. He just offered another map of the buried mines without getting anything in return.
When or after how many nation-destroying blunders will error-prone and incompetent Pashinyan be considered a criminal or a traitor?