Here We Go Again?

Garen Yegparian
Garen Yegparian

Garen Yegparian


I guess it’s that time again. Every few years we’re treated to some nerve-wracking, gut wrenching, time-wasting, enraging, and just plain wrongheaded notions about “solving” the “problem” of Karabakh (as it is misrepresented thanks to the Russian alphabet).

These “magnificent” solutions are usually shrouded in some secrecy, too. This serves to keep the riff-raff, you know, us, the people, from being able to substantively comment and let our thoughts be known.

In 1996 it was Lisbon and its unacceptable concessions made under Levon Der Bedrossian, which contributed to his being driven from the presidency some two years later.

We had two scares under Robert Kocharian: 2001, Key West and 2007, Madrid.

Under Serj Sarkissian, we had a twofer. The Armenia-Turkey Protocols were a grand give-away of our rights to reclaim Western Armenia subsuming and masking a giveaway in the eastern parts of our homeland to Azerbaijan.

In each of these cases, we had to organize, write, agitate, challenge, knock-sense-into-big-wigs, and expend a lot of our nation’s, communities’, and activists’ energies for no good reason.

Now, we have some non-high-level Republic of Armenia governmental functionary suggesting that ceding to Azerbaijan some of the liberated territories is natural and to be expected. We see Russia’s foreign minister, Lavrov, going to the RoA on a quasi-“secret” trip; the leak machine and punditry are presenting this as an indication that something’s afoot and that some of those lands might indeed be turned over to Azerbaijan. And, interestingly, I ran across a U.S. think tank’s analysis suggesting that the Karabakh “problem” might be ripe for solution because Russia is under pressure because of the situation in the Ukraine.

The anti-drug use motto “Just Say No” comes to mind. Enough. This periodic farce should end. If Azerbaijan wants Armenian lands, it had better be ready to pay. And, it should be aware the price has gone up after the last two years of its frequent and significant ceasefire violations and political-diplomatic antics.

The major powers, too, should recognize that if they pressure Armenia into unwarranted concessions now, they will be rewarding Azerbaijan’s unacceptable actions. Not only that, they will also be rewarding both Azerbaian and Turkey for their support of IS/ISIL/ISIS, the former through hundreds of its citizens’ participation, and the latter through logistical and manpower support. Presumably, this is not a precedent anyone wants to set on the world stage.

We should get busy right away quashing this latest round of foolishness before it gathers more momentum by getting busy in Moscow, Paris, and Washington. These capitals are key since they compose the OSCE Minsk Group that is charged with “solving” the Karabakh issue.

Now, loud and clear, concise and emphatically, let’s definitively let the world know that Armenians are DONE losing parts of our homeland. We want to restore and rebuild all of it. If you agree, make sure you let the powers that be know how you feel.


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  1. Raffi said:

    ….. some of those lands might indeed be turned over to Azerbaijan… I guess Armenians can accept to exchange some lands with the return of Nakhichevan

  2. Janapar said:

    Yet here we go again with armchair generals screaming damn Turks.
    C’mon go ahead and invade eastern Turkey and get the land back.
    Wake up.

  3. Armenian said:

    Of course Russia is getting ready to pressure Armenia into surrendering adjacent districts of Gharabagh to the Azeris. How else do you think the Azeris will join the Eurasian Union? I have said for some time that Gharabagh will not be taken by the Azeris, it will be given to them by the Russians. Not to worry, we have many Armenians who come to the defense of Russia better than any Russian ever could… In fact, I am sure the ones who will be selling this venture to the public will be the illegitimate regime anyway.

    When this does happen, the fanatic Armenian Russophiles will deserve every drop of warm spit that will be on their faces; it has long been the case that Russia doesn’t care one way or the other on Gharabagh. The Azeris’ strategy should be that giving Gharabagh to them would be in Russia’s interests as well, usually oil output and economic realignment with the Kremlin as their major bargaining chip. Armenia has been a hand to play for Russia for some time now. We have given them everything they’ve wanted and then some, and they have virtual impunity in Armenia (both citizens and politicians). We are not a country in their eyes, just a tool to throw under the bus. They have their base in Gyumri and they have succeeded in isolating us from Iran and Europe, our largest trading partner, as much as possible. They don’t care about Gharabagh, and from an objective point of view, it was actually be in Russia’s interests if it forced its vassal government in Yerevan to hand over Gharabagh entirely to the the Azeris. This way they thwart any resemblance of an alternative to Europe, Reduce Turkey’s twin in the region and bring Georgia closer to its orbit by removing a major lifeline.

    This is why Armenia’s “leaders” are among the most myopic in the world. We are going to pay big time for the Russia=Armenia and Armenia=Russia mindset that is so prevalent in society and in Armenia’s poor decision making efforts.

  4. amb said:

    It is in the interest of regimes in Moscow, Paris and Washington that a frozen conflict like Karabakh is settled, so all our campaigning would not bear fruit if that is what those regimes want. We have to compromise at some point, we don’t have a nuclear weapon and are one of world’s strongest countries! We can not make Azeris cry uncle. Not that we have to take a helpless, defeated position but we have to make a compromise for the sake of long-term survival of Armenia and Armenians who live there.

    With setting and following right policies, we can become a player, a contender in the region but we have to be smart about it and not a blind chauvinist, nationalistic dummy.