Pashinyan dismisses Armenian foreign minister for refusal to de-occupy Shusha

Pashinyan dismisses Armenian foreign minister for refusal to de-occupy Shusha

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan decided to dismiss Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

Pashinyan made the statement at the Armenian parliament, answering questions from the deputies in connection with the current situation. He said that during the peace talks not only the return of seven regions to Azerbaijan was discussed, but of Shusha too.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan wrote on Facebook that the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process did not include renouncing the city of Shusha at any stage.

She also noted that Mnatsakanyan has submitted a letter of resignation.

"Please accept my resignation. I thank [you] for your trust and the joint work," Mnatsakanyan wrote in his letter of letter of resignation.

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1.

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