Ahead of the possible meeting on December 1 in Paris between Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev politicians and experts think that one should not have high expectations, because in the long run Armenia does not have a partner for peace negotiations.
2015 began with another increase in violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone as Azerbaijan carried out a number of deadly incursions and kept up the tensions along the Line of Contact and the border with Armenia.
A serviceman died in Nagorno-Karabakh on December 21, the NKR Defense Ministry said.
According to a statement, David Koloyan, born in 1995, died in a fatal incident at one of the posts of the Defense Army stationed in the eastern direction.
The Armenian side has provided an earlier promised “disproportionate” response to the Azeri deadly attack on its helicopter that was carried out last month, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told reporters over the weekend.
Last week near the line of contact of Azerbaijani and Karabakh armed forces some unprecedented violations of the ceasefire regime were reported; the opponent started using even mortars, which, according to a political analyst, makes it obvious that this way Azerbaijan tried to increase the tension.
An Armenian soldier was killed in a fresh ceasefire violation by Azerbaijan reported in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone on Monday.
According to Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army, 19-year-old conscript Garik Ispiryan was shot dead at a frontline position in the eastern direction of the Line of Contact with Azerbaijan.
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.