by Raffi K. Hovannisian May 6, 2016
The United States, Europe, and their partners must officially recognize the Mountainous Karabagh Republic within its constitutional frontiers.
Stepanakert, Mountainous Karabagh—I no longer know what to do on April 24—or where to go. This is the day Armenians across the globe commemorate the genocide in 1915 that destroyed the Armenian people and its homeland of thousands of years.
Stepanakert—Raffi K. Hovannisian was in the Mountainous Karabagh Republic on April 26-27 on a working visit. He was received by President Bako Sahakyan for a full discussion of the military, political, and domestic challenges facing Artsakh, Armenia, and the entire nation. During that meeting, Defense Minister General Lyova Mnatsakanyan provided a briefing on the current strategic situation.
RESOLUTION OF THE “ZHARANGUTYUN” (HERITAGE) POLITICAL PARTY ON ARMENIAN NATIONHOOD AND THE NATIONAL INTEREST OF THE ARMENIAN PEOPLE IN THE REGION
The developments (Ukraine, Syria, Iraq) taking place in the region over the last 25 years following the collapse of the Soviet Union disclose the issues inherited from the beginning of the 20th century (fall of the Russian Empire and the establishment of the Soviet Union, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the Turkish Republic at the expense of the Armenian patrimony).
Citizens and compatriots:
At this critical juncture for our nation, all Armenians and liberty-loving people around the world must come together in defense of our ancestral patrimony.
Party colors and partisan propaganda need to give way to the imperative of a united assertion of our civil and collective rights based on a true rule of law, democracy, and the national interest.
We stand with our valiant soldiers in every way, and feel as our own the sorrow of the families of our fallen heroes.
Each of us, in his or her own way and place, is on the field of battle for our freedom, dignity, and integrity.
The time for recognition of the Mountainous Karabagh Republic, by Armenia and the world beyond, has come.
And there can be no justice from without unless she comes home first.
Raffi K. Hovannisian
6 April 2016