On the dangers and challenges threatening the sovereignty of Artsakh

Throughout the chronicle of the Artsakh conflict statements distorting and falsifying the essence of the problem have regularly been circulated, which complicate and entangle the process of comprehensive and final settlement of the conflict. We consider any statement by different political forces and figures that questions or diminishes the subjectivity of Artsakh and  Armenian future. It is confusing that the last such statement was made by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia while answering the questions of the representatives of media and non-governmental-organizations, on December 24.

     The fate of Artsakh has never been and it will not be the monopoly of any political force. We express our disagreement and frustration on a number of harmful, distorted formulations and ideas voiced during the interview. 

The fact that against the background of Artsakh movement, the results of the 1988 national liberation struggle, formulations are heard, which question the existence of the Artsakh Republic, proclaimed on September 2, 1991, which is fully acting in line with the norms of international law and its ongoing struggle for international recognition, is a matter of concern.

The negotiation process of previous years, the legal and political framework of the Armenian parties, in the context of protecting our national interests, did not contradict the positions presented by international structures and mediators. The fact that the status of Artsakh has never been ignored in the proposals previously submitted by the mediators, is confirmed in the clarifications given by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. The working options discussed in the negotiation process of different years, speculations about a possible change in the negotiating framework are imaginary and false tricks to obscure the public consciousness, to distort the realities.

     We consider the statements questioning the Armenian origin of Artsakh and emphasizing the importance of the presence of possible foreign elements. Such statements are reprehensible and worthy of condemnation in the memory of the thousands of Armenians who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and independence of Artsakh. Bowing down to the memory of all those who perished in the Artsakh struggle for survival, at the same time, we express our gratitude to all Armenians, particularly to our compatriots in Armenia, for standing by Artsakh, sharing its sufferings and deprivations. For many years, the fraternal relations between the two Armenian republics have been based on the decision adopted by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Armenia on July 8, 1992, which clearly defined the attitude of the Republic of Armenia, a full member of the international community, towards the Artsakh Republic, which is striving for international recognition. With this decision, the Republic of Armenia undertakes to “consistently support the Artsakh Republic and the protection of the rights of its population”. It is also defined to consider any international or domestic document, where the Republic of Artsakh is mentioned as part of Azerbaijan, unacceptable for the Republic of Armenia. This resolution is still relevant today.

     The Republic of Artsakh National Assembly, reaffirming the determination of the people and authorities of Artsakh on the sovereignty and independence of the Artsakh Republic, declares unacceptable, expressing a position without taking into account the point of view of the Artsakh authorities, as only the legitimate authorities formed by the citizens of the Artsakh Republic through elections have the right to make decisions on the future of Artsakh.