On February 20, 1988 the Regional Council of People’s Deputies the Autonomous Republic of Nagorno Karabakh convened a special sitting, where it took a historic decision to apply to the Supreme Councils of the Azerbaijan SSR, the Armenian SSR and the USSR to solve the issue of Karabakh’s secession from Azerbaijani SSR and its transfer to Armenian SSR. It was on this day 25 years ago that the Artsakh Movement started.
“Armenia and Artsakh managed to unite efforts in the struggle against the enemy,” Artsakh Hero, General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan said, speaking on the 25th anniversary of the Artsakh Movement. He regrets that those who fought shoulder-to-shoulder, started fighting against each other.
The General says that unfortunately, our struggle of national unity did not escape big mistakes and he regrets the time lost.
Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan does not believe we’ll see the logical conclusion of the Artsakkh Movement – the international recognition of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic – in the near future.
“Fortunately, the international community is coming to understand what Artsakh represents, but we have a long way to pass, as the smell of Azerbaijani oil and petrodollars still diverts attention from the truth,” the General said.