The Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with the members of the families of missing and captured servicemen during the Artsakh war, as well as missing and captured civilians.
In his speech, the Prime Minister particularly noted. "Dear compatriots, first of all I would like to apologize to all of you for the fact that our state bodies have not been able to answer your questions so far. Of course, also realizing that there are objective and subjective reasons for that, but today we held a consultation in the government, and my main message regarding the situation is the following: When we look from the side, we can get the impression that there is a so-called dividing line between us, on one side of which you are, on the other side, the government.
In that sense, of course, it's our fault, because it can't be. I want you to be sure that the feelings of you and your family members are in our hearts in the same way, and of course, due to the war, this contact could not have been established earlier, which is again our fault, for which I apologize again.
Our consultation today was about one thing: each of you must feel every day that the government is by your side, a member of your family, living with your pain, suffering with your suffering. There can not be a regime like you - the police - some state body. Let's agree that we will get out of that regime. Even though we are to blame for that, and I want to apologize again, because what difference does it make whether it is about my family member or yours? there is no difference.
It is in this mode that we need to communicate with each other. There should be no impression that the government is conspiring to hide something. We have a common problem, a common pain, a common sorrow and we need to understand how we are moving forward. In other words, there should be no difference between the seats here, we should talk openly and honestly about everything".
Nikol Pashinyan noted that he will communicate with everyone during such meetings, which will be continuous. "I formulated the problem as follows. I said that these people should not come to us every day, but we should go to them every day. The impression is that there are different barricades and people on different sides. such a thing simply cannot be.
We literally have to live this period together, this is a very hard period, but we have to live with the assumption that, yes, this is a common problem, it is not about your family member, but about all of us. We see this as our common pain, and I hope that we will be able to find very large number of people, our brothers, will be able to return them and rejoice in this" he said.
Then the head of government listened to those present, answered the questions, provided clarifications. Nikol Pashinyan suggested that the representatives of the families of the missing be included in the formed interdepartmental working group, which will also provide constant communication on the work being done.