Episode 281 | Recorded: October 1, 2023
We have warned our listeners for three years now that Armenia under Pashinyan is headed down a disastrous roadmap and path of surrendering Artsakh, not protecting the ancestral lands of the indigenous Armenians of Artsakh, and leading to their depopulation.
Pashinyan’s talk of the “rights and security” of Artsakhtsis is now clear to everyone: it was bullshit, he hasn’t raised a finger to defend them. The EU’s talk of “rights and security” was bullshit, we haven’t heard or seen anything from the hypocrite Charles Michel, and the same from the US.
So far, the the west’s “lowering the bar on Artsakh” has meant that they wanted to allow Azerbaijan to commit and get away with Genocide.
In the past week, over 100,000 Armenians have forcibly left their homeland of thousands of years. Anywhere else in this world this is called genocide, but because major power interests dictate otherwise, the world is silent,
Abandoned by everyone, first and foremost by Pashinyan’s Armenia, Artsakh president Samvel Shahramanyan met with Azeri authorities and signed the dissolution of Artsakh as a republic and the disbanding of Artsakh’s government and defense forces.
Since December 2022, Artsakhtsis endured 9 months of a blockade, followed by an intense 2-day war, only to quickly bury their dead and evacuate their homeland. Families had to leave knowing that their loved ones are still missing or unaccounted for from the latest fighting. Samvel Shahramanyan and a small team have stayed behind, to continue the search for missing bodies.
Hindsight is 20-20, but many Artsakhtsis are questioning the decision to resist the blockade for 9 months, then to lose so many lives, only to completely capitulate and be expelled from their homes.
We know there were reports that the West was urging Stepanakert to negotiate on so-called “reintegration” back in July., and clearly the authorities in Artsakh couldn’t expect help from Yerevan.
As Artsakhtsis are looking for shelter in refugee camps, and the blood has still not dried on the ground in Artsakh, Armenian officials such as Alen Simonyan are apparently very optimistic that a so-called “peace treaty” is close. There are rumors that it could be signed as early as October 5, when Aliyev and Pashinyan meet in Grenada.
The exodus from Artsakh was accompanied by detention of key Armenian leaders.
There are reports that Azerbaijan has compiled a list of hundreds of statesmen and military leaders, seeking their arrest. So it’s quite possible that the number of detainees may increase.
Add to this all the existing POWs and civilians held by Baku since 2020.
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Arthur G. Martirosyan, who is a Senior Consultant with CM Partners. In 1994, after graduating from Yale University, he joined Conflict Management Group and Harvard Negotiation Project, and has since worked on conflicts in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa, and Latin America.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.