In the current news coverage on the ongoing war in Nagorno-Karabakh, this region is often referred to as a “disputed region” between Armenia and Azerbaijan and is claimed to be internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but to be governed by ethnic Armenians. This statement is misleading and misrepresents the reality about the origins and history of the region.
Ethnic Armenians have inhabited Nagorno-Karabakh or Artsakh for centuries: they have created on these lands for centuries and have prayed on these lands for centuries. The people of Artsakh have never occupied or forcefully taken control of these lands, as Azerbaijan claims. In 1921, the region was arbitrarily placed under the administration of Soviet Azerbaijan by Josef Stalin against the will of the people of Artsakh, who stood up against this historical injustice by holding a peaceful referendum for independence in 1991.
Artsakh has a rich and long history, exceptionally beautiful landscape and a deep-rooted Christian tradition. Neither Azerbaijan nor any other Islamic culture may have any territorial claims over Artsakh, be it for historical or political reasons. The people of Artsakh deserve to live peacefully and freely in their homes and this will only be possible if the international community recognizes the Republic of Artsakh and lets these people exercise their right to self-determination, a well-known principle under international law. This is the only path towards avoiding further massacres of Armenians in their homes and ensuring lasting peace in the region.
Please visit https://recognizeartsakh.github.io to get more information on the history and culture of Artsakh, as well as on the ongoing war.
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