Residents of Stepanakert in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh voiced their expectations for the parliamentary elections taking place in Armenia, Sunday.
People expressed hope that the long-lasting conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over control of the territory will be solved peacefully with the help of a new government. Residents also stated that they are ready to fight and defend their borders.
Artur Petrosyan, a local resident, said that “the results of the elections will help resolve the issue of Karabakh and Azerbaijan.” He said he believes it is “a governmental issue” and that there “are plans to solve the issue at least during the ceasefire.”
Local Suren Khachatryan said, however, that “in spite of who wins, the head of the government is a good person. And if he has many opportunities, we hope that we will be able to solve many questions.”
Sunday’s elections in Armenia, where voters will decide on the make-up of the country’s National Assembly, is the first major poll following Armenia’s move from a semi-presidential system towards a parliamentary system.