Ter-Petrosyan travels to Stepanakert, meets with NKR leader

Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Bako Sahakyan

Armenia’s former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan on Tuesday met with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakyan on the second day of his trip to Stepanakert.

According to the press service of the NKR president, “a range of issues related to the wide-scale military operations unleashed by the enemy from 2 to 5 April was discussed during the meeting.”

President Sahakyan reportedly attached importance to the “consolidated stance of the political forces during these days of ordeal” and their role in solving “the issues that the nation has faced.”

Ter-Petrosyan, who led Armenia as president in 1991-1998, is now leader of the country’s main opposition party – Armenian National Congress.

In the wake of the escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier last month, Ter-Petrosyan also reportedly initiated a meeting with Armenia’s incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan, whose administration he has been critical of since 2008.

In an interview with the ilur.am website following his April 9 meeting with Sargsyan, Ter-Petrosyan called on the Armenian opposition to put aside its differences with the government ahead of what he thought would be important negotiations with Azerbaijan.

Nearly a month after the cessation of active military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, however, there are still no indications of the renewal of peace talks between Armenians and Azerbaijanis any time soon.

Ahead of Ter-Petrosyan’s visit to Stepanakert, the ex-president’s right-hand man, Levon Zurabyan, said the trip was part of the efforts to promote national unity in the face of the increased military threat from Azerbaijan.