Artsakh Parliament urges Minsk Group co-chairs to resume mediation activities – Public Radio of Armenia
The events that took place in Artsakh (formerly the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region) in February 1988 fundamentally changed not only the subsequent chronicle of the native Armenian people living here, but also other peoples of the former Soviet Union, said the National Assembly of Artsakh. in a statement on the occasion of Artsakh Revival Day.
The day celebrates the early protests that led to the start of the Karabakh movement on February 20.
“Tens of thousands of people, using the liberal and democratic ideas proclaimed in the USSR, sought to restore historical justice through peaceful rallies in Stepanakert and other parts of the region, the unfulfilled dream of several generations to reunite the Armenian region to Armenia,” the parliament said.
“The movement, which was gaining momentum day by day, initially adopted a path of peaceful resolution of the problem through legal and political means, which was unequivocally confirmed on February 20 during the 20th extraordinary session of the former representative body, the Regional Council. Council of People’s Deputies. The historic decision to withdraw the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the Azerbaijan SSR and unite it with the Armenian SSR marked a new stage in the national liberation struggle of Artsakh, the movement of Karabakh, the civilized determination of the people of Artsakh to advance legally,” the deputies said.
Unfortunately, they added, the leadership of the Azerbaijan SSR was unable to seize the unique opportunity to properly resolve the issue, as a result of which the region fell into the trap of long-lasting instability and Azerbaijan’s temptation to solve the problem by military means. .
“Following the February 20 decision expressing the will and desire of the absolute majority of the population of the region, Artsakh has rightly become a symbol of pride and national awakening of all Armenians. The wave of the Karabakh movement spread all over the world and as a result of the organized struggle of all sections of the Armenian people, the two Armenian republics were formed in the early 90s of the last century,” the statement reads. .
The Republic of Artsakh, proclaimed on September 2, 1991 in accordance with the requirements of international and national law, was a conscious refuge on the way to a united Armenian state.
“Our people have paid a very high price in the struggle for freedom and independence for Artsakh. Thousands of Armenians sacrificed their lives in the wars of 1991-94, 2016 and 2020. The Republic of Artsakh exists today and continues its struggle for international recognition thanks to the abnegation of this courageous people”, have said the deputies, paying tribute to their immortal memory.
“Over the past 34 years, we have come a long way in terms of development, victories and failures, and during this time the idea that the future of Armenian Artsakh is guaranteed only by prospect of living freely and independently has been strengthened”, added the Parliament.
Expressing the collective will and opinion of the people of Artsakh, the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh reaffirms its attachment to the historic decision of February 20, 1988 and its determination to defend its right to live freely in its own land.
The MPsS attract the attention of all international actors, ffirst of all, the parliaments of the co-chairing countries of the Minsk Group, to the fact that the Armenian people of Artsakh have struggled for centuries to preserve their identity, have created material and cultural values that are threatened by the occupation of certain territories by Azerbaijan.
Parliament ccalls on the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group to take immediate steps to resume the negotiation process on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the OSCE mandate.
“Local peace and stability in the region can only be achieved by respecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of the Republic of Artsakh. That is why Artsakh Armenians started their liberation struggle in 1988 and are ready to pursue it with determination to achieve the final goal,” the National Assembly concluded.