Karabagh Official Stresses No Resolution Possible without Liberation of Shahumian

STEPANAKERT (Armenian History.com/Noyan Tapan)–A government official from Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) announced that a resolution to the Karabagh conflict is impossible without the return of lands around the Shahumian region–which have been seized by Azerbaijan.

"The issue of Shahumian is not considered during negotiation," said the head of MKR parliament’s commission on foreign affairs–Vahram Atanessian.

He also revealed that the region–which was once home to a majority Armenian population is now resettled by Meskhetian Turks.

"As an elected representative from the Shahumian region–I can only hope that international mediators and others turn their attention to this fact–and I appeal to them to visit the region to gather first-hand information on this problem.

After the January 1990 pogrom of Armenia’s in Baku–the Azeri Popular Front took on a mission to "Kill the Armenian" and "Cleanse Karabagh of Armenia’s."

Armed confrontations soon spread to the Armenian populated Shahumian and Khanlar regions–and along the Armenian-Azeri border. In October of 1990–the Azeri militia blockaded the airport in Stepanakert suburb of Hodjallu–to isolate Karabagh from Armenia.

In April 1991–special Azeri and Soviet militia detachment forces began their "Circle" operation. First–the population of the Armenian Kedashen and Martunashen villages of Khanlar region was forcibly deported; the categoric raids continued in the Shahumian’s Buzloukh–Erkeg–and Manshit villages–Hadrout–and Shushi regions.

By July 14–1992 the entire population of Shahuman was forcibly removed. The population at that time was 20,000–82 percent of whom were Armenian.

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