Aghbalian Student Union Denounces Treaties of Moscow and Kars

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Nigol Aghbalian Student Union (NASU) adopted a resolution Tuesday denouncing the Moscow and Kars Treaties of 1921.

In his opening remarks at the preceding conference–Ishkhan Zakarian–NASU president–said the Moscow Treaty signed between the Soviet Union and Turkey goes against international law and was signed without the participation of the Armenian people.

He reminded participants about the rally staged by NASU outside the Armenian Supreme Council in 1991 during which they demanded that the 1921 Moscow Treaty be renounced.

"We the student unions should study the issue and establish that the treaty is not fair and state that it is not acceptable to us–especially now that Azerbaijan is talking about territorial integrity and deeming Nakhichevan as a part of it," Zakarian said. "We should remind our neighbor that Nakhichevan was never a part of Azerbaijan and was put under its control only because of the Moscow and Kars Treaties."

Speaking at the conference–historian Ghazakhetsian said that the minutes of the talks preceding the signing of the treaties indicate that there actually were no negotiations. He said the it was like a political bazaar where everything was already decided by the Politburo led by Lenin and Stalin.

S. Aslanian–a lawyer–said that under the international law the treaties had no legal standing from the first day and that they go against international norms.

At the end of the conference–the participants adopted a resolution calling on the Armenian Foreign Ministry to make a statement that those treaties are unacceptable to Armenia. A copy of the resolution was also sent to the Armenian Parliament. The conference participants expressed hope that the issue will be included in the Parliament’s agenda and the treaties will be denounced soon.

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