Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Alexandr Avanesov
"The Karabakh Movement was an epoch-making phenomenon and today we should take a fresh look at the events of those times", political expert Alexander Manasyan said at a press conference on Monday.
He thinks that the Karabakh Movement activists should more often appeal to the Movement's history to prevent the facts from falling into oblivion. "Due to the Karabakh Movement, we have independent states today - the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic", he said. He stressed that despite the blockade and war, Artsakh became an independent state in the region due to its democratic values.
Manasyan thinks that it is necessary to speed up efforts to gain international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
On September 2, 1991, the joint session of the Nagorno Karabakh regional council and the Council of People's Deputies of Shahumyan region proclaimed the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (the Artsakh Republic). On 6 January 1992 the NKR Parliament adopted the Declaration on State Independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. On 10 December 1991, just a few days prior to the official collapse of the Soviet Union, Karabakh held a referendum in the presence of international observers. The overwhelming majority of the population (99.89% or 108615 people) voted for Karabakh's full independence from Azerbaijan. The NKR Parliament was elected on December 28.
On September 2, Artsakh and Armenians worldwide hold festive events dedicated to the NKR's Independence Day.