Basque Country, Artsakh Consider Establishing Relations

Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with Spanish Senator Urko Aiartza in Yerevan. June 30, 2014. (Photo: Official Publication)


STEPANAKERT, YEREVAN—On Saturday, June 28, the President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakian received Member of the Spanish Senate Urko Aiartza, the presidential press office reported.

A number of issues pertaining to the cooperation between Artsakh and Europe, the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict settlement process, and the realization of the right of nations to self-determination were discussed during the meeting.

A special discussion was held on the possibility of establishing sustainable ties between the Basque Country and Artsakh.

On the following Monday, Senator Aiartza traveled to Armenia to meet with Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, accompanied by the director of European Friends of Armenia, Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa.

Welcoming the guests, Minister Nalbandian attached significance to inter-parliamentary interactions and diplomacy in the development of bilateral relations.

Edward Nalbandian commended the Spanish Senator’s visit to Artsakh, mentioning that such visits create an opportunity to learn first-hand about the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and the current situation there.

Expressing gratitude for the reception, Senator Aiartza stressed that it was of paramount importance to him to visit both Armenia and Artsakh, and assured that he would continue his activities toward further strengthening and deepening Armenian-Spanish relations.

Nalbandian described the efforts exerted by Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

A week before the Spanish Senator’s visit to Artsakh and Armenia, on June 23, the parliament of Spain’s autonomous community of Navarre adopted a measure recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The measure came after a series of visits by members of the Navarre parliament to Armenia and Artsakh. Navarre lies in the north of Spain and has a sizable population of Basque speakers.

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    • GeorgeMardig said:

      Madrid is busy with cleaning his house, the corrupt monarchy of Spain is more interested in having good relation with Turkey, than Spain as a Christian nation and a friendly nation to Armenia in the past, take action and recognize the Armenian Genocide, today’s Monarchy is in line with the corrupt government of Erdogan.

  1. Arto said:

    The roots of the Basque and Armenian people are the same. We are brothers.

  2. Arn.Sweden. said:

    The Basks are Grusians.

    Grusia/Georgia was called . KASKA – in the sond Second Millenia B.C.

    Compere the Baskian provinces in France – Kasgogne – in Spain – Keoskado.

    The Basks came over north Africa to the Spannish Peninsula in the Second Millenia B.C.,
    and ruled Egypt 1800-1400 B.C.,and,
    the Baskian Language is somewhat similar to Old Egyptian and Grusian/Georgian,
    according to linguists.

    Arn.Sweden.

  3. naira gasparyan said:

    Ashtarak (a town in Armenia) – Astarak (a settlement in south of France).

    Goris (a city in southeast Armenia) – Goris (a settlement in Gascony).

    Deba (a river in north Armenia) – Deba (a name of a river in Gascony).

    Shubria (the ancient name of Sasun province) – Shuberoa (tha name to Basque province in France).

    Araks (a famous river in Armenia) – Arakses (a famous river in Gascony).

    Aran (the name of terrain in Armenia) – Aran (Wide-spread toponym in Gascon-speaking part of Catalonia).

    Karkar (area in Western Armenia) – Karkar (famous toponym in Gascony), etc.

    Basques call themselves ‘euskaldun(ak)’, which derives from the root word ‘eusk’, in different dialects it has different forms – eusk, usk, esku, asketic. The word is etymologically linked with Armenian word ‘voski’ “gold”, with the variations: iski, veske, aske, ioski. The Armenian word voski “gold” is the root of the proper name ‘Voskan’, which means “one who owns gold” and it reminds the ethnic name of Basques ‘baskon’, and in latin sources fixed as ‘Vaskon’. In Armenian – Araratyan Kingdom (“Urartian kindom”), the southeastern coast of the lake Van, which was the crandle of Armenian people, is called ‘Khubushkia’ which means “valley of usks” that is to say “valley of gold “. In medieval Armenian sources Khubushkia, “valley of usks” or ” golden valley” was renamed into ‘Hayots dzor’ which means “Armenian valley”. On the other hand, the Ushkiani mountains are mentioned in “Urartian” inscriptions on the northeastern coast of lake Urmia. In the time of Strabo, the Ushkiani mountains were already identified as ‘Armenian mountains’, but in Armenian sources they are known as ‘Voskean’ -”golden”.

    All these facts allow us to conclude that for our ancestors the notions “gold-miner” and “Armenian” were synonymous, which is also evidenced by Basque legends.

    In conclusion, there was a genetic study done in different regions of Armenia, that detected that the characteristic genetic code prevalent in Welsh, Basques and Irish, called the Atlantic Modal Haplotype, is also present in Armenian population of Syunik and Artsax. These are two Armenian provinces predominantly isolated in the mountains, which precluded genetic admixture with neighboring ethnic groups and nations». The Armenian modal haplotype is also the modal R1b3 haplotype.

    For a proximate examination of European affiliations to Armenians, you may also refer to a study done by Michael E. Weale, Rolf F. Jager and Neil Bradman in 2001 called “Armenian Y chromosome haplotypes reveal strong regional structure within a single ethno-national group, revealing prevalent link between Welsh, Basques and Irish to the Armenian populace in Syunik and Karabakh. You may access this study by contacting:
    Departments of Biology and Anthropology,
    University College London, University of London,
    Darwin Bdg, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT, UK
    e-mail: m.weale@ucl.ac.uk,
    Tel.: +44-207-4043040, Fax: +44-207-4042081

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