It’s with great paternal pride that veteran “freedom fighter” Gagik Hovhannisyan dines at a table together with his seven sons and five daughters. Bringing up a dozen children wasn’t an easy task for Hovhannisyan and his wife, Armenuhi Manukyan.
The Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the right to self-determination of its Armenian people, who declared independence from an oppressive Azerbaijan 20 years ago, the Armenian National Committee of Australia reported.
Representatives of the Armenian and Azeri diasporas in Russia have agreed to team up to promote reconciliation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, locked in a long-standing territorial dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, according to the radio Voice of Russia.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has expressed his nation’s bewilderment over the position of the parliament of Mexico on a controversial episode of the 1992-1994 Karabakh war that he said misrepresented reality and was “flagrantly contrary” to the position of the international community.
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will hold their next meeting in Paris, France, later this month, according to the Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the main international format engaged in brokering a solution to the Karabakh conflict.
Continued talks to find a peaceful solution to the Karabakh conflict are highly important, said Eric Rubin, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, after the Thursday meeting of the U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce in Yerevan.
Armenia’s move to resume flights to the airport in Nagorno-Karabakh will damage efforts to settle the dispute with Azerbaijan, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a press conference in Baku on Monday.
“If the airport is opened, this will damage the solution process,” Davutoglu said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
Over the last week President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at least three times during interviews and official meetings stated that Azerbaijan is preparing for war, and the Armenian people will mobilize their full potential in the event of resumed hostilities over Karabakh.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has again accused Hungary of complicating the search for peace in the protracted conflict over Karabakh by handing over a confessed axe-killer of an Armenian to Azerbaijan several weeks ago.
Armenian revolutionary Stepan Shahumian’s headless mosaic greets visitors at the entrance to the Karabakh village of Sos. The head on the hero’s Soviet-era image was blown off by Azeri shelling more than 18 years ago, and there seem to be no plans for restoration.
Honoring heroes is a less urgent need than producing new ones. And with many of Karabakh’s 301 villages losing their youth to Karabakh cities or to other countries, concerns outgrow populations.
A veteran of the Karabakh war is holding two photographs in his hands – one has three little boys in it, the other three soldiers – arms around one another’s shoulder. At first there seems no connection, but after taking a closer look the resemblance becomes obvious – the same eyes, same faces and same expressions in the eyes, with only age and maturity showing the difference.
Not too long ago, would it seem possible that youth in Nagorno Karabakh would now be celebrating Halloween – dressing as ghouls and goblins and ghosts in this war-worn country?
This Halloween, they did.
And the simple – and yet astounding – act of self-expression is indicative of how one generation which may never outgrow the impact of war, has at least developed an outward world view and a spirit that embraces freedom.