Karabakh Parliament Announcement After the Capture of Shoushi

The ARF battallion after the capture of Shoushi

From Asbarez Archives, May 11, 1992

For the last several months the peaceful population of Stepanakert and all other population centers of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic have been the targets of fierce bombardment by weapons of mass destruction, “Grad” missile systems.

In the first days of May of this year, the situation deteriorated all the more when units of Azerbaijan’s armed forces undertook a large-scale assault against the capital, Stepanakert, from Shoushi and the villages of Ghaybalu, Janhasan, and Keosalar. Given those conditions, on the night of May 7 the Presidium of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Parliament demanded the immediate conveying of a session of the republic’s Defense Council and undertook resolute means to confront the attacks and to silence the firing positions of the Azerbaijani armed formations continuously raining destruction upon Stepanakert.

The demand was based on vital necessity. The population of Stepanakert, for more than a year, has been deprived of electricity, water, medicine, and foodstuffs, as a result of which it had reached the edge of physical destruction.

During all of the night of May 8, pushing back the assault of the Azerbaijani armed formations, the self-defense forces of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic went of the Azerbaijani Republic against the sovereign Nagorno-Karabakh Republic continues.

On May 10, Azerbaijan’s Army once again initiated a large-scale attack on the regions of Askeran, Hadrut, Martakert, Martuni, and Shahumian, as a consequence of which there are large numbers of casualties on both sides.

The presidium of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Parliament announces that the full responsibility for the consequences of the Azerbajiani Republic’s aggression falls upon the leadership of the republic.
May 11, 1992 Stepanakert

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  1. Avery said:

    poor choice of words for the title: Shushi was previously captured by foreign invaders.
    It was LIBERATED on that blessed day by its original, historic owners.
    Liberated from foreign occupation.

    • Razmig said:

      “Avery”, you comment is well understood and to the point… This noble city has been a cladle of Armenian identity and culture and the correct word to use would have been “liberation”. My only problem with your post is that the patriotic thing to do would have been to send the Azbarez editor an email instead of doing this in public. The way you handled this makes it look that you were more interested in critisizing Asbarez than to do something constructive for our cause. Please tell me I am wrong.

      • Avery said:

        I appreciate your input Razmig, but sorry, you are wrong.

        I have praised and defended Asbarez in public previously numerous times.
        And, in this case I criticized publicly as well, so others can see my post and discuss it: maybe they have a different take on what I had to say.

        Also I am publicly trying to convey the same message to other Armenians who say the same thing.