Lithuanian Lawmakers Say Artsakh First in USSR to ‘Raise Flag of Independence’

Lithuanian lawakers meet with Artsakh President Bako Sahakian and other officials

STEPANAKERT—Delegates of a Lithuania-Artsakh parliamentary friendship group, led by Lithuanian Member of Parliament Dalia Kuodytė, were in Artsakh on Wednesday to participate in the celebration of the country’s 23rd Independence Day anniversary. The Lithuanian lawmakers met with Artsakh’s president, foreign minister, and their counterparts at the National Assembly.

Issues related to Artsakh-Lithuania relations, the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict, and other regional issues were discussed during the meetings.

When creating the group, the Lithuanian lawmakers were guided by the idea that Artsakh was the first in the Soviet Union to raise the flag of independence, Dalia Kuodytė said, adding that “the voice of the people of Artsakh should be audible in the world today.”

“We are realistic. We don’t think this or that step will help solve Artsakh’s political problems, but it’s important to listen to each other, to have Artsakh’s voice heard in Lithuania,” she added.

“I think it’s cynical to speak about territorial integrity, ignoring the principle of self-determination,” she said. According to her, all countries have their geopolitical purposes and this should be taken into consideration, but it’s also necessary to prove the truth and make one’s own voice heard. No one can prohibit Artsakh from doing this,” she said.


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    Artsakh First in USSR to ‘Raise Flag of Independence’
    I’m wondering how often this fact is mentioned by western politicians, as well as by all other stakeholders. Our factbook should be used more actively, IMO. Artsakh did take an active part in the struggle against the Soviet system, and turned out to be instrumental in taking that down. It is therefore important to do away with all the hypocrisy here, and shed light on what was happening there in reality.

    • Armenian said:

      I hate to break to you, but many Armenians, specifically the older people, are very fond of the Soviet Union and are doing as little as possible to remove Armenia from that legacy. In fact, the current authorities are even trying to revive it by erecting statues of former Soviet figures in Yerevan to appease Putin, the real authority in our country. You can’t say one thing abroad then do the exact opposite at home. The fact is, Armenians are still very “Soviet-minded” people, unfortunately. Thus the tolerance for corruption and vote-rigging, and maniacal embrace and support for Russia. Luckily the younger generation isn’t like that, but I don’t think it’ll even matter what they’re like because most of them will probably end up in Russia or somewhere else in Europe.