Armenia marks anniversary of the Artsakh War

Yerablur Military Pantheon (Photo: RA Government, September 27)

On the one-year anniversary of the start of the devastating 2020 Artsakh War, Armenian officials declared that the conflict remains unresolved while the status of Artsakh is not settled. 

The republics of Armenia and Artsakh observed a moment of silence at 11:00AM local time in honor of their war dead.

At least 3,700 Armenian soldiers and 80 civilians were killed during the 44-day war, ignited after Azerbaijan launched a wide scale military offensive along the line of contact with Artsakh. The fate of at least 243 soldiers and 20 civilians is still unknown. An estimated 200 Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives remain imprisoned in Azerbaijan. 

A trilateral ceasefire agreement signed by Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended military hostilities on November 9, 2020 and ceded large expanses of territory, including four districts outlying Artsakh and the town of Shushi, to Azerbaijan. In the following weeks, Baku also regained control over three other districts outlying Artsakh, displacing thousands of Armenians from their homes. Russia has deployed 2,000 peacekeepers to Armenian-governed Artsakh and the Lachin corridor connecting the territory to Armenia. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh asserted that it would not accept a long-term settlement of the conflict that entails any kind of status within Azerbaijan in a September 27 statement

“The foreign policy priorities of Artsakh continue to be the international recognition of the independence of the Republic of Artsakh, preservation of its status as a geopolitical subject, de-occupation of the territories of Artsakh, ensuring the continuation of the negotiation process with the full-fledged participation of Artsakh within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group [and] development of relations with various countries and structures,” the statement reads. 

The Armenian Foreign Ministry also called for the resumption of the peace process under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group. 

“The comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict presume the determination of the status of Artsakh taking into account the realization of the inalienable right to self-determination, ensuring of the security of the people of Artsakh, safe and dignified return of the displaced population to their settlements throughout Nagorno-Karabakh [and] preservation of Armenian cultural and religious heritage in the territories fallen under the Azerbaijani control,” a statement released by the Foreign Ministry on September 27 reads.  

In contrast to the insistence by Armenian officials that the Artsakh conflict is not resolved, Aliyev reiterated his stance that the conflict has ended during his public address marking the anniversary of the start of the war, celebrated as the Day of Remembrance in Azerbaijan. 

“Azerbaijan has restored its territorial integrity. We have resolved the war by military and political means,” he said. “The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been consigned to history. There is no administrative territory called ‘Nagorno-Karabakh’ in Azerbaijan.” 

In spite of Aliyev’s claims, international mediators have expressed their preparedness to facilitate a long-term settlement of the conflict. 

“Active efforts and practical steps are being taken to preserve regional stability and security, overcome the consequences of large-scale clashes last autumn, including assistance in restoring civilian infrastructure, returning refugees and finally resolving the issue of the release of Armenian prisoners,” the Russian embassy in Yerevan wrote on September 27. “Russia will continue its mediation efforts both in its national capacity and within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group to find a long-term settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.” 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that while the ceasefire has ended hostilities and established regional stability, significant problems remain. According to Lavrov, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs from Russia, the United States and France agreed to resume their trips to Artsakh and consult with Armenian and Azerbaijani representatives during their latest meeting. 

Igor Khovaev, Andrew Schofer and Stephane Viscont met separately with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on September 24 on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. The co-chairs also hosted both foreign ministers at a joint meeting, the first face-to-face meeting between the top diplomats since the announcement of the ceasefire. 

The co-chairs welcomed the meeting as a “sign of the resolve of the two countries to reengage in the peace process through direct dialogue aimed at contributing to security, stability, and prosperity in the region.” The statement released by the Minsk Group does not mention whether any mutual understandings were reached regarding the “wide range of outstanding unresolved issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan.” It also does not mention any planned trips to Artsakh. 

The US Ambassador to Armenia has stated multiple times that the United States does not consider the status of Artsakh resolved. On September 27, Lynne M. Tracy visited Yerablur Military Pantheon, and the embassy released a statement extending its “deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured last year and in the many years of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.” 

High-ranking Armenian officials including Pashinyan also visited Yerablur on September 27. The Armenia Alliance, parliament’s largest opposition faction, planned a procession to Yerablur the previous evening that was attended by thousands of people. 

Armenia Alliance march to Yerablur (Photo: Armenia Alliance, September 26)

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan attended a requiem service at the Holy Mother of God Cathedral in Stepanakert and laid flowers at the Stepanakert military cemetery. 

Lillian Avedian

Lillian Avedian

Lillian Avedian is a staff writer for the Armenian Weekly. Her writing has also been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hetq and the Daily Californian. She is pursuing master’s degrees in journalism and Near Eastern Studies at New York University. A human rights journalist and feminist poet, Lillian's first poetry collection Journey to Tatev was released with Girls on Key Press in spring of 2021.
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  1. The only true players in the fate of Artsakh are the local powers, Russia and Turkey. The US and France proved to be ineffectual last Fall during the 44-Day War. Aliyev’s rhetoric precludes Armenians of Artsakh from ever living under Azeri rule. Armenia is incapable of protecting Artsakh and no amount of military buildup will preclude Artsakh from being swallowed up by Azerbaijan. Wake up Armenians, the only real options for Artsakh are annihilation under Azeri rule or aggressively pursuing enosis with Russia, as a constituent republic of the Russian Federation.

    • How can you advocate such a thing? Russia just proved to our diaspora that it is a weak and poor country which is desperate enough to sacrifice Armenians and Armenia to appease the great power of the Turk, just like it has been doing for an entire century.

      Notice I said “to our diaspora”, meaning, to the Armenian nation, the “remnants of the Bolsheviks” who escaped in 1990 for greener pastures and the less fortunate ones who stayed behind and ended up voting FOUR knuckleheads into positions of power, are not relevant to our future. An asylum being run by lunatics cannot be called an asylum.

      You Apparatchiks are getting more desperate, your balalaika is out of tune now.

    • The above is the only realistic reply I have ever seen from anyone especially Armenia in that country’s related topic. Only Russia and Turkey and more importantly Azerbaijan and Armenia themselves are capable of solving this issue. The other countries have no great interest in solving this mess. Actually Armenia has lagged behind in all spheres behind her neighbors thanks to the Karabakh problem. She needs to solve this issue and moreover the Armenians need to learn to live with other people and give up this extreme xenophobia to every thing Non-Armenian. Many hundreds of thousands of Armenians live in other countries like Canada, America, France, Germany, Iran, Australia this does not give them the right to form their own national territories in these countries. Similarly they should also turn their coveted gaze from the mountain district of Georgia bordering Armenia. Good relations with neighboring countries are of utmost importance to Armenia herself. Only trade and open borders with these countries can truly bring Armenia out of the current problems she is facing.

    • While I agree with your sentiments, an appeasement strategy will only exacerbate Armenia’s current predicament. Azerbaijan and Turkey are hellbent on gobbling up the rest of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh and linking Nakhchivan to it. What can Armenia realistically do here to protect its sovereignty? Agree to all of Alivey’s demands? Armenia needs international mediators who are willing to play the power-broker role and force both Turkey and Azerbaijan to abandon their expansionist policies. Russia is reluctant to upset Turkey, Lord knows why, and is on the road to lose even more influence in the region. It doesn’t bode well for Armenia to be surrounded by such hostile neighbors on all sides, in an unforgiven region of the world, but it is what it is. I’d urge Armenia to seek allies in the international arena and bring them into the equation as an arbitrator. This whole episode emboldened Turkey, who has been punching way above its weight in Libya, Syria, and the Aegean Sea. I say this as a Turkish-American; I do not support Erdogan’s policies and want peace in the region. Somebody needs to stand up to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

    • What’s really missing from these comments is the fact that this 44-day war was not between Armenia and artificial Azerbaijan. It was between a small Armenian defense force in the conflict zone, and some conscripts and volunteers from Armenia, against a combined forces of artificial Azerbaijan, genocidal terrorist Turkey (NATO), fatherless jihadist paid-mercenaries transplanted there by Islamo-fascist Erdogan and paid for by artificial Azerbaijani petrodollars, AND advanced deadly weapons from terrorist devil-worshiping Pakistan, despotic Belarus and hypocritical and morally-bankrupt Israel. Over 90% of Armenian armed forces did not participate in this war. This war was planned in advance by terrorist Turkish leadership and conducted and dictated by Turkish military using the full resources of artificial Azerbaijan and the other criminal entities. For 44 days, artificial Azerbaijan, a gas station disguised as a country, neither had a ruling government nor an army. They were both turned over to terrorist Turkey to do their dirty work.

      In reality, the Armenians won this war too but at a major cost and that because of their miscalculations for who they would be fighting against, corruption and internal political strife, electing an incompetent and inexperienced former journalist as their leader in a state of war, cozying up to the West in Russia’s backyard, ignoring terrorist Turkey’s misadventures in the region and Russia knowingly and deliberately turning a blind eye on an unprecedented Turkish direct military presence and involvement in Russia’s backyard on the side of enemy Azerbaijan, Russia and terrorist Turkey solving their unresolved Syrian issues in the South Caucasus at the expense of the Armenians, AND much more.

      The West did not lift a finger to help Armenia because this war was preplanned by NATO member terrorist Turkey and I can’t imagine NATO member states, their leaderships in particular, not knowing what Turkish mullah and terrorist-in-chief Erdogan was up to in advance of the war. Half a dozen criminal and terrorist entities ganged up on a poorly armed small Armenian defense force to put an end to this frozen conflict a major source of threat to their multi-billion dollar investments in the Caspian oil & gas pumping much needed energy resources into Europe from the Caspian to EU markets through Turkified Georgia and terrorist Turkey.

      What did the criminal leadership of artificial Azerbaijan accomplish as a result of this imposed preplanned and terroristic war? Not much really. Most of the former regions LIBERATED by the Armenians, now under terrorist enemy control, were being negotiated as part of a peace plan and some of these territories were to be turned over to the enemy in return for security anyway AND all this in absence of the Russian occupying forces in the region disguised as peacekeepers. Most of the pre-war regions populated by indigenous Armenians such as Stepanakert, falsely called “xankendi”, are still populated by native Armenians and are being protected and defended by the Armenian armed forces with Russian forces “acting” as mediators between the Armenians and the despicable sadistic enemy. What Russians could not do in thirty years, they accomplished in 44 days as a result of this war and that was the return of the Russian armed forces to the South Caucasus from where they were kicked out as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. They are now increasing their military presence there, building military bases and are NOT going anywhere! The traditional enemy of the so-called Azerbaijani tribe, former non-native homeless Caucasian Muslim Tatars, is back and has camped out in their backyard! A few years ago the president of Russia Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that the worst thing in the last century that befell the Russian nation was the collapse of the Soviet Union. What this means, to me at least, is that Russia considers all these regions, including former Soviet republics, as Russian territories and is in the process of creating false unions to resurrect and reclaim what they consider as theirs. Artificial Azerbaijan is in much worse situation than it was before and it is now trapped in-between Turkish neo-Ottoman adventures and Russian imperialistic adventures. They can’t remain neutral anymore and whichever side they take they will be punished by the other!

      Last but not least, given the fact that the indigenous Armenians have always been in conflict with non-native nomadic Turks and pseudo-Turkish Azerbaijanis, mostly from Central Asia, common sense dictates that no land or territory belonging, falsely of course, to such people could and would ever be allowed to be populated by majority Armenian “enemy” population (95% Armenian in 1921 down to 75% in 1988), and that the only way such majority Armenian-populated territory, or territories, can find itself within the boundaries of artificial enemy Azerbaijan is because someone took it from the Armenians and placed it there! There can be NO other explanation for this. These regions are ancient Armenian territories and must be reunited with Armenia by any and all means and even if it takes the use of nuclear weapons to accomplish it! The Muslim Turkish and pseudo-Turkish Azerbaijani terrorists must be driven out and from occupied Armenian homelands from Asia Minor to the South Caucasus one way or the other.

    • Aliev is not forever, by the way. Supposedly they have elections, don’t they? When is the next one?

    • @ Shahid, Turks are from the Asian foothills. Invaders occupiers, rapists thieves and mostly murderers. ITS YOU BUDDY that are on other peoples’ property pretending. That’s the real issue for Armenia and has been for hundreds of years. Thats the real ‘problem she is facing’..

  2. Recognition is a good thing but Armenia should expand/invest in its military so it will not be outplayed again (protect the next generation is a must)

  3. @K, I already explained that to you in another post, my less than flattering commentary on Hayastantsis is not because they are “Hayastantsis”, it is based on the ridiculous Jurassic-age mentality and values they adopted from the Bolsheviks and continue to spread outside of the borders of the original ground zero location of their initial foray of Bolshevik lunacy.

    There is a certain segment of “Hayastantsis” both in and out of Armenia who are real patriots that I support and who are the ones that can put Armenia on the right path, but unfortunately they are not the main stream… but also let me make something clear: the ones that support Little Nikole, and the ones that play a song called “Mother Russia is the Alpha and the Omega” with their out-of-tune balalaikas ARE NOT THE HYASTANTSIS that can save Armenia.

    • Your post does not change anything.
      What Jurassic Age mentality? The bizarre ultra nationalists of diaspora Glendale residents like yourself?
      Do you realize that Russia, the country you are obsessed with, has the only real hard power to deal with this issue?
      Nobody cares or likes Sasna Tsrer anymore, especially since the end of last year’s war.

  4. Shahid Ibrar is a Turkish Troll. Always spreading the same nonsense. Armenians must prepare for the future.NO matter what.

    • Not only that but his nickname gave him away too. He tries to portray himself as open-minded, conciliatory and realistic. He calls Armenians xenophobic WHILE in their own worlds xenophobia, in reference to the Armenians in particular, is a national pastime and their terrorist leaders call all Armenians, regardless of where they are born and raised, the primary enemies of their nations. Hatred towards Armenians is institutionalized and taught at a very early age and as part of their educational curriculum.

      He indirectly and cunningly tries to portray indigenous Armenians as a people having eyes on other people’s lands WHILE both terrorist Turkey and artificial Azerbaijan were established on the lands and corpses of millions of native Christians they murdered. He tries to make you believe that it is quite normal that a 95% majority Armenian population, such as the one in Artsakh (falsely called “karabakh”), can peacefully exist and be self-governed on a piece of “Turkish” or “Azerbaijani” land WHILE they consider Armenians as their number one enemy. He ignores the fact that, as I had mentioned in ,my previous post, that the only way a majority Armenian “enemy” population can find itself within the boundaries of artificial Azerbaijan is because someone took that piece of Armenian land and placed it within the boundaries of their artificial state invented 103 years ago on occupied Armenian lands. In other words, Soviet criminals, in collaboration with genocidal Turks, extended the boundaries of artificial Azerbaijan to include this piece of Armenian territory and that is how a 95% majority Armenian population found itself on a piece of Armenian land within the enemy “territory” in 1921.

      He failed to mention that the reason the ancient Armenian province of Nakhijevan placed under artificial Azerbaijani jurisdiction by criminal Soviets in 1921, a piece of territory located outside of the artificial Azerbaijan republic and separated by contemporary Armenia, is because it is not and never was part of this artificial Azerbaijani republic but that it was also taken from Armenia and given to them. The chicken-hawk of Baku, Ilham Aliyev, in one of his interviews with the BBC and referring to Azerbaijani-occupied ancient Armenian province of Artsakh mentioned that even the name “karabakh” tells you this land is Turkish. I could not stop laughing at this idiot. Well, using his own logic, the name of the exclave of Nakh-ije-van (Նախ-իջե-վան) is purely Armenian as in: Nakh (Նախ) = Original, ije (իջե from the verb իջել) = To Land/Rest AND van (վան) = Region which together means The Original Resting Place of Noah. So then why is it that an Armenian province with a pure Armenian name finds itself not within the boundaries of Armenia but within the boundaries of artificial Azerbaijan? Once again, and just like Artsakh, because it was taken from the Armenians and given to the artificial Azerbaijan. You can’t falsify history and invent nonsense to justify the occupation of Armenian territories. We won’t allow it no matter how long you try to exploit nations around the world in favor of your falsified history and in return for their multi-billion dollar investments in Caspian oil & gas.

      In terrorist Turkey, all Armenian regions and landmarks with native Armenian names have been Turkiified. Even the name of the sacred Biblical Mount Ararat which is considered as the symbol and epicenter of the Armenian homeland has been changed to “Ağrı Dağ”. Does changing the name from Armenian to Turkish make it Turkish? Absolutely NOT! These are all temporary and will one day, sooner or later and one way or another, will be reversed and returned to their TRUE inhabitants and care takers. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror next time before you philosophize about what Armenians should and should not do. Plain and simple, those who live in glass houses don’t throw stones!

    • Ararat, the Soviets did not give Nakhichevan away.
      Nor did they give Kars away.
      Your history is off.

    • @ K YES IT WAS the Soviet Union that gave away Armenian populated ancient lands Nakichivan and Artsakh to the Turks under the treaty of Kars, also called treaty of friendship to a newly created gas station nation called “Azerbaijan”. How can fake country of Azerbaijan be to the west and the east of Armenia? Gets your facts straight.

    • K
      You said that the ancient Armenian province of Nakhijevan was not given away to the newly-invented (on occupied Armenian lands) pseudo-Turkish artificial Azerbaijan by the Soviets while not telling me who did. Well, you are wrong. They did do that and did it by inventing the so-called “Nakhijevan Soviet Socialist Republic”, which formerly was part of and under the control of the independent Armenian republic of 1918-1920, and placed it under the control and jurisdiction of the newly-invented Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, effectively removing it from the Armenian homeland and handing it over, along with Artsakh, to the pseudo-Turkish Azerbaijani enemy.

      To expand on that and give you more context:
      Since time immemorial and since the 2nd century B.C. in particular, Nakhijevan had been one of the several principalities of the kingdom of Armenia. It was part of the Ararat, Vaspurakan (Van) and Syunik provinces and went through several invasions and occupations through the centuries. There was the Arab invasion in the 7th century A.D. Then came the invasion by the first wave of terrorist Turkic Oğuz tribes, namely the Seljuks, in the 11th century from Central Asia. Then came the Mongol invasion in the 13th century followed by Safavid Persians in the 17th century. During this Persian Safavid dynasty, in the year 1603-1604, over a quarter million native Armenians were uprooted from their homelands in Julfa and forced to cross the Arax (Araz) River and settled in the ancient Persian capital of Isfahan. This happened as a result of a war between the Sunni Ottoman Empire and Shia Safavid Persian Empire which took place on Armenian territory. The ancient Persians practiced “scorched earth” policy when retreating to avoid loss of territory under their control from passing onto the enemy. The vacuum left by forced Armenian migration from their homes to a foreign land was filled by Turkic tribes thus changing the demographics of the region.

      Then came the Russian conquest of 1828 as a result of the Russo-Persian war of 1826-1828 which passed the control of the region to the Russians by the treaty of Turkmanchai. The Tsarist Russian authorities encouraged the return of the formerly exiled Armenians back to their homelands. This process is commonly called repatriation, which means returning someone to his country of origin, which Azerbaijani fake historians and LIARS deliberately present it as Armenian settlement and intrusion into “Turkish” lands. This is of course a total fabrication by the enemy and part of the racist pan-Turkic ideology. This is similar to the actions of the genocidal Turks across the border who invaded and occupied a major part of the Armenian homeland, aka Western Armenia, subjugated its Armenian population and when Armenians wanted to free themselves and their homeland from centuries of Turkish occupation they accused indigenous Armenians of wanting to create a homeland on “Turkish” lands. In other words, accusing the native Armenians, with kingdoms in this region such as the Armenian kingdom of Vaspurakan (Van) around Lake Van and others for over two millenniums before Central Asian Turkish invasions, wanting to create a “new” homeland on their existing homeland occupied by the Turks. Sounds ridiculous but that is Turkish logic for you. This has always been the mentality of the non-native nomadic Turkish terrorists. Take by force what you can from the natives, change the demographics and claim it as yours, and then portray the victims of your crime as aggressors and separatists to justify your terrorist acts directed at them.

      With the Russian conquest of the region the ownership of Nakhijevan was effectively restored back to its original and native Armenian owners and it basically became a part or an extension of the Armenian capital. Then came the inter-ethnic Armenian-Tatar, Caucasian Tatar or Azerbaijnai used interchangeably, clashes of 1905 which resulted in the massacres of thousands and most likely instigated by the Russians themselves to take control and reinforce their own authority over the region, just like they’ve been doing it in recent past, as part of their good old divide-and-rule policy. Then came the 1917 Bolshevik revolution which overthrew the Russian Tsar and the region temporarily fell under the Ottoman and then the British control. The British failed to resolve the conflict between the two sides and withdrew. Clashes continued between the two sides, during the independent Armenian republic of 1918-1920, and Armenians took full control of the region. Next came the Soviets. As a result of 1920 Soviet Red Army invasion, the Nakhijevan Autonomous SSR was declared with close ties to artificial Azerbaijan SSR. Later that year while the Soviet Red Army was marching towards the Armenian capital of Yerevan to take over Armenia and in order to minimize, if not eliminate, Armenian resistance to such a move, the Soviets by lying promised to return the control of the region to the Armenians which they did not. Instead they, the criminal Soviets (Lenin) and rebel terrorist Kemalist Turks (Ataturk) signed the Moscow treaty which effectively took the control of this region from the Armenians, under the fictitious Nakhijevan (“Naxçıvan”) Autonomous SSR label, and placed it under the jurisdiction of the newly-invented artificial Azerbaijan republic.

      But the fact of the matter is that neither the newly-created Soviet Union nor the newly-invented republic of Turkey was officially recognized by the international community at the time when this treaty of Moscow was signed between the two sides thus making it null and void! In other words, this fabricated treaty was signed between an unrecognized Soviet Union and a “rebel” Turkish leadership with no official authority. The official recognition of these two criminal and terrorist states came a few years after signing that treaty. This is one of the main reasons that the Turkish Islamo-fascist terrorist leader Erdogan demands the recognition of both artificial Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s “territorial integrity” as a precondition to opening borders which they closed in the first place and without any provocations whatsoever from Armenia towards Turkey. Erdogan knows that this treaty is invalid if and when contested by the Armenians in international courts and is trying to set another trap for the Armenians to seal the deal.

  5. No one realize the pain of Artsakh; no one heard the silent cry & see the blood shedding from their heart.

    • Ararat, Armenians tell you to get back to reality why wouldn’t I as a Turk? Armenia is in a tough place. It needs to open up to others around it. Trade and agreements will improve Armenia’s economy. Once you reach a certain level then you can voice furher demands. For the the time being your list needs to be rather short or no one will take you seriously. Also ‘Armenian hate’ is not taught at Turkish schools. This is Turkey not Azerbaycan. Your confusing some MHP guys with the rest of Turkey.

      Armenians love themselves. That’s what that other ‘Turkish troll’ was trying to say in short and I agree for the most part. Sick of this whole ‘first Christian nation’ stuff. No one cares dude. Most Turks have never even been to a Mosque. Religion is for the weak minded (in this day and age anyways). If you were born in India and not Armenia you would have a dot on your head and be praying at some temple. It just continues from your parents like traditions do. This is the nonsense that caused the mess between us in the first place. Sorry about my religion rant but you reference Christianity in every reply so it had to be said (includes Asbarez too). Lets all look to the future and improve our lives and our society. The past is the past.

  6. First – Pashinyan needs to be removed and replaced by a shrewd, intelligent Leader who has Armenia’s interests at heart – first and foremost – not their own, not the west’s and not Russia’s (although alliance with Russia is a necessary no brainer). Second thing is to rebuild the military and start making weapons and military gear in the country – this should’ve been done a long time ago – we might’ve been producing our drones by now.. Armenia has the minds to do it – they just needs the leadership and will.

  7. Ararat, get back to reality please.
    Reader, LOL.
    Vartan, Armenia has done nothing since the war in terms of military progress. Pash is more interested in other things. He has a 12 year olds understanding of the military. Things go boom boom and fly and do stuff, now where is my hammer and cologne.

    • Response to “No Thanks, You Ain’t Sweet”:

      You want me to get back to reality? Look at what you wrote. You are belittling others while your understanding of what’s happening is at a kindergarten level. I can safely say you are the one who is out of touch with reality. What part of what I said is tripping you off? I can tell you are having difficulty processing what I said. Next time, If you have something to say, want to be taken seriously, and want to engage in a discussion I suggest you express yourself clearly instead of making some vague bumper-sticker remark. It does not look good.

      Is my understanding and analysis of what took place in the last 44-day war stumbling you or is it my bold statement of taking back and defending our homeland by any and all means including the use of nuclear weapons that is throwing you off? The whole world knows half a dozen terrorist entities ganged up on a small and unprepared Armenian defensive force and they deliberately themselves did nothing about it because they were in on it to protect their investments in the region.

      Perhaps it is my mentioning and advocating the use of nuclear weapons that you consider being out of touch with reality? How do you think Israel exists today despite being surrounded by over three hundred million Arabs and several times more anti-Israeli Muslims around the world? Because they have nuclear weapons, which they neither deny nor acknowledge, and because of that no one dares to test their military strength. They, the Israelis, used soft power such as “cash” to deceive Arab and Palestinian nomads by buying big chunks of the lands they inhabited and then moved in and settled on those lands with millions of their compatriots from across the globe. Over time they strengthened their army and turned their newly created homeland into a military state. Today they are successfully defending and protecting the state they created by using their enemy’s skepticism and fear of hidden Israeli nuclear weapons capabilities!

      Your response? I’m guessing another bumper-sticker remark with no intellectual value!

  8. to the Ibrar post, Armenia does not need to learn to live with and appease Genocide perpetrators and deniers. that’s what the turks do, they steal and murder and then they deny it and tell the victim to forget the past and learn to be subservient. Armenia needs to clean up its corruption, become as self sufficient as possible, unite with and work together with its brothers and sisters in the diaspora and work with countries who have common interests with her own (and know who the wolves are that want her destruction). This is how she will survive.

  9. @Joe
    You have not read your history well. You might want to start in 1918 when Andranik was prevented from liberating Shushi by the…British.
    As far as Nakhichevan, the Ottomans had already destroyed the Armenian population and razed 45 villages. When Lenin allowed for a referendum to take place, the remaining Azeris voted to be part of Azerbaijan.

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