Charles Elias Chartouni/Artsakh-Karabakh Mountains is Armenia/شارل الياس شرتوني: جبال ارتساخ – كرباخ هي أرمينيا

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Artsakh-Karabakh Mountains is Armenia
Charles Elias Chartouni/November 18/2020
شارل الياس شرتوني: جبال ارتساخ – كرباخ هي أرمينيا

My visit to the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh in 2016 was quite instructive on the complexity of the geopolitical issues which succeeded the Armenian Genocide.

The assault on the Artsakh/Karabakh mountains by Islamist Turkey is unequivocally a pursuit of the genocide, the vandalism of the Armenian religious and cultural heritage, and on open challenge to the national security of the Republic of Armenia which barely survived it.

The overdue truce, forced by Russia, should offer an opportunity for the Minsk Group* to restart the negotiations around the Artsakh-Karabakh geopolitical dilemmas, in order to find a viable solution and address the historical grievances and moral injustices inflicted on Armenians by the Ottoman Empire and nascent Turkey (1894-1895, 1914-1923) and the Soviet Union (1921).

The resurgence of the conflict in 1993 and its subsequent episodes testify to the pending geopolitical, legal and moral issues, and the determination of Islamist Turkey to restore its imperial legacy, question the Eurasian geopolitics and Russian strategic security, annihilate the Republic of Armenia and oversee the completion of the genocide ( destruction of Western Armenia and the repeated attempts at the destruction of Eastern Armenia, between 1918-2020, in blatant violation of the Sèvres Treaty stipulations 1920 ).

The containment of the Turkish-Azeri aggression should be based on comprehensive historical and geopolitical considerations which entail the acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide and the reparation of its manifold injustices ( humanitarian, geopolitical, historical, archeological, financial, economic,…), the implementation of the Traité de Sèvres and the rehabilitation of the historical entitlements to Western Armenia (1920).

The Artsakh-Karabakh conflict is not an isolated case that can be separated from the broader Armenian question and the deliberate annihilation project devised by Islamist Turkey which, not only denies the genocide, but claims it back and pursues it actively.

Short of this perspective we fail to perceive the true stakes of the ongoing events, their strategic purview and impact on the future of the Armenian Republic and Eurasian geopolitics.

* The Minsk Group includes: the OSCE, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belarus, Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan which subverted it deliberately.