RWA NA Speaker Leonardo Basmadyan and Vice Speaker Lydia Margosyan addressed a letter to the French National Representation by the Parliament of Western Armenia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The indigenous population of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) living on their ancestral lands for more than 10,000 years is once again undergoing Azeri aggression of unprecedented violence since September 27, 2020. 

Artsakh was offered to Azerbaijan in 1921 by the Soviet Union in an arbitrary manner, against international law and against the will of the Armenian people, a territory on which the Azeris pursued a racist and discriminatory policy against Armenians. After 70 years of colonial pressure, the Armenian people decided to implement their right to self-determination through the construction of their state structure in accordance with the legislation of the USSR and international standards by starting the process of secession from the USSR at the same time as the Soviet Socialist Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

It is therefore not a question of “separatism” but of the right of peoples to self-determination, the foundation of the United Nations Charter in its Article 1 paragraph 2 and the application of the International Peace Treaty signed in Sèvres on August 10, 1920. 

This decision provoked massacres in Baku, Kirovabad, Sumgait, killing thousands of Armenians in Azerbaijan. In 1991, an Azeri aggression against the Artsakh Republic took place. This war caused thousands of deaths and resulted in the victory of the people of Artsakh exercising their right to self-determination and a ceasefire concluded on 14 May 1994. 

Today, this new war of Azeri aggression, supported by the Turkish armed forces who make no secret of it, targets civilian populations and legally falls within the scope of war crimes according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and international humanitarian law. 

This new war is directly linked to the question that remained unresolved, that of the definition of the eastern border of the Armenian state on the territory of Western Armenia recognized in 1920 by the Allied Powers. The full version of the article will be available on our website.

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