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“Today, Armenians worldwide must unite to fight for the prompt release of Bako Sahakyan, Arkadi Ghukasyan, Arayik Harutyunyan, David Ishkhanyan, Ruben Vardanyan, David Manukyan, Levon Mnatsakanyan, and David Babayan. Of course, we cannot ignore the other prisoners of war, but the abovementioned are a priority.

If we want to the right to fight for Artsakh in the future, and to demand a certain status, the fight for the NKR leaders’ freedom must not stop even for a second.

Regardless of all objective and subjective circumstances, these people are a criterion of our national dignity today. As long as they are kept behind bars, Armenia and Artsakh have no chance. There is no need to talk about this incessantly. But we need to constantly think and work on solving this problem. Once again: the future of Artsakh depends on it. I believe it can still be bright.”

Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan, political scientist