Artsvashen was not an enclave, it was an integral part of Armenia. This was stated by the head of the Shoghakat community of Gegharkunik region Suliko Shushanyan, who is from  Artsvashen. He notes that the Armenian side should clearly formulate this today, and not try to prove that Artsvashen is Armenian. “We should not make excuses and try to prove what has already been proven. Artsvashen was, is and will remain Armenian. And today there is an Artsvashen community in Chambarak, and the Artsvashen people are ready to return to their settlement,” Suliko Shushanyan said. 60-70% of the residents of Artsakh live in Chambarak. Since 1992, the head of the Artsvashen community Mamikon Khechoyan said that today the legal basis of the Armenian side is that since the foundation, since 1854, only Armenians have lived in Artsvashen. “Centuries before there were graves and khachkars, that is, Christians lived there until 1854. This territory with 4,600 hectares of land was also recognized as Armenian territory in the Soviet years. We had nothing to do with Azerbaijan. In 1854, mostly people from Artsakh and Western Armenia moved to the village of Choratan, from where they moved and founded the village of Artsvashen. Before that, no Turks had ever lived there, so we drove them away, they lived there, this is a historical Armenian territory,” Khechoyan said.