Around 1,000 ARF Members to Visit Artsakh on Feb. 27

YEREVAN (A.W.)—Around 1,000 members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) will travel from Armenia to Artsakh (Karabagh) on Feb. 27, to express their solidarity with Artsakh and to commemorate the Sumgait anti-Armenian pogroms of 1988.

During their visit, ARF members are expected to meet with Artsakh authorities and visit military units and outposts.

Speaking to the Armenian Weekly, ARF-D Bureau member Giro Manoyan said the purpose of the visit is to express support to Artsakh. “The visits to the military units and outposts are aimed at bringing attention to the constant ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan and expressing support to our soldiers who are defending the borders and the line of contact. The meetings with the Republic of Artsakh leadership are also to express support to Artsakh.”

2014 was the bloodiest year in the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict since the 1990’s, with 39 Azerbaijanis and 33 Armenians killed. By comparison, the previous worst year on record, 2012, saw 14 Armenian and 20 Azerbaijani soldiers killed.

It is expected that members of the ARF-D Bureau and the Supreme Council of Armenia will also take part in the visit.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the deadly pogroms of Sumgait, which took place on Feb. 27, 1988. The pogroms are considered the beginning of a systematic campaign by Azerbaijan’s OMON Special Forces to use massacres and mass violence to uproot Armenians from Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabagh. The Sumgait tragedy and its violent repetitions throughout the country between 1988-91 led to the disappearance of 450,000 Armenians living in the long-established Armenian community of Azerbaijan.



  1. is there not another way perhaps to deal with these constant violations of the ceasefire. how about a little incursion to teach these little people who is boss. I hear we are superior, let us prove it to them.
    Israel does it all the time and it works for them.
    if we show superiority they might run away with their tails between their legs. we hear all the time that force is not the answer….
    well- sometimes it is, is this not the time or should we wait a few more years.
    what better time to do it than during our centennial to show that we won’t take it anymore.
    long live Armenia.

    • {“…. how about a little incursion to teach these little people who is boss. I hear we are superior, let us prove it to them.”}

      Yes, how about.
      “we” always sound ‘superior’ in front of a computer.
      Nobody is stopping you from volunteering for the NKR military and doing an incursion together with all the other keyboard warriors.

  2. It is wonderful that this kind of support is shown to the brave people of Nagorno Kharabagh. I hope they will be taking food and medicine along with them! God bless them all.

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