Episode 293 | Recorded: November 13, 2023
The 1991 Alma-Ata protocols were the founding documents for the Commonwealth of Independent States, the CIS, and were signed on December 21, 1991. The founding of the CIS then led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union on December 26.
A key argument (or excuse) that Pashinyan throws around as part of his “I didn’t do it” defense in losing Artsakh, is that by signing the 1991 Alma-Ata protocols, Armenia had already recognized Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan.
There has been a lot of confusion over what has been signed, what hasn’t been signed, what has been ratified, and what has been signed but not ratified by both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
It has been said that Armenia signed the CIS treaty “with reservations’’, which included the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) in its agreement. We’ve read that these reservations have not been found,
In its 33 years of de facto independence, self-determination and self-government, no state recognized Artsakh as an independent state.
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Aram Orbelyan is an international law specialist, who is an attorney and managing partner at Concern Dialog law firm, and PhD in Public international law. Mr. Orbelyan lectures at the Academy of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia, and lectured public international law at French University of Armenia. Mr. Orbelyan was Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia between 2011 and 2014.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.
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.