OSCE Offers a Certain Status to Artsakh

  • by Western Armenia, April 13, 2024 in Politics

There is an idea running through the various political chairs of Eastern Armenia that the materials of the OSCE Lisbon summit in December 1996 state that the right to self-determination of the people of Artsakh should be protected, and Artsakh should receive an autonomous status within Baku.

Then they say  that this was the resolution that  political elite of Eastern Armenia tried to hid for a long time from the Armenians population. After these statements, the news department of Western Armenia TV made a decision to "search for documents on the Artsakh issue".

First of all, let's remember that in 1991, December 25, the first president of Eastern Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, recognized the sovereignty and territorial integrity of azerbaijan in the time joining the CIS. By this leadership of Baku got  the right to use force against the people of Artsakh. We will refer to this wrong policy of Eastern Armenia, afterwards. At the end of January of 1992, the OSCE Minsk Group was established, which under the support of the OSCE was supposed to find ways of peaceful settlement of the conflict.

However, already in the middle of February, Baku launched artillery and rocket attacks on Stepanakert, and then to the entire territory of Artsakh.

In 1998, the Minsk Group proposed the "common state" option.Yerevan accepted the proposal with reservations, Stepanakert with serious reservations, Baku categorically rejected the  plan.

Naturally, in that way, Baku would recognize the relative independence of Artsakh.

In 2001, the parties to the conflict in Qey West were offered a territory exchange program, that is, to exchange the Meghri region with Artsakh, which Baku also categorically refused.

In 2006, the so-called Prague process began, and in 2007, the conflicting parties were offered the Madrid principles.

Later, these principles were practically repeated in the Kazan documents, the so-called "Lavrov Plan", but the essence of all these documents did not change; they all proposed to return the territories around Nagorno-Karabakh in exchange for the status of NK. Baku did not agree to any option, waiting for a suitable international situation and reserving the right to resolve the conflict by military means.

The above was presented only to show that no plan in which Artsakh should receive status as part of Baku was supported by the Armenian side, and moreover, there is no document signed by the parties, particularly Baku.

The thoughts voiced in the political arenas of Eastern Armenia are manipulative means to protect Artsakh, and now from accusations of handing over parts of the sovereign territory of Eastern Armenia.

Instead of blaming Baku for the genocide against   Armenians in the 90s, aggression against Artsakh in 1991-94, in Baku's failure to fulfill its international obligations politicians of Eastern Armenia refer to documents, which have no significance now, especially since Baku has violated all agreements on international platforms and continues to do so today.