Karabakh Rep. Calls for Criminal Charges Against Advocating Land Return

karabakh-parliament-MediumSTEPANAKERT (Parliament News Service)—Any citizens who calls into question Karabakh’s territorial integrity by advocating land concessions or other methods, should be charged by violating the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Constitution, said Karabakh parliament member Armen Sargsyan.

Sargsyan, who is the chairman of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Movement 88 parliamentary bloc, argued that the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic constitution, which was approved by a democratic referendum, calls on the people and government of Karabakh to safeguard the territorial integrity of the republic.

He asserted that any attempts by a citizen to undermine the aforementioned principle cannot be deemed as a freedom of expression but rather an act against the constitution.

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  1. Armen said:

    Well personally, I disagree… although yes, it wouldn’t be appropriate for any Armenian to say such things, they should not be charged for it. It IS freedom of speech, something which we must not categorise within different standards. This type of reaction would be something you’d expect to see in pseudo-democracies like turkey, but not Armenia or Artsakh.

  2. Alec Baghdasaryan said:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Sargsyan’s point; the current situation caused by the protocol is very dangerous in that it has made concessions of Karabakh land a part of every speech given by the Turkey’s leadership. I believe this is a planned attempt by Turkey to make Karabakh a defacto part of the protocol.

    I believe our government needs to take a very firm stand on this issue. We can not accept any discussions regarding Karabakh, and we should take the appropriate steps, communicating with both the international mediators, and government of Turkey, stating that any future reference to Karabakh will be ground for cancellation of signed Protocol by Armenia. Furthermore, our government should follow up and announce cancellation of the protocol, if Turkey’s government continues to refer to Karabakh in their future communications/speeches.

  3. George said:

    No, no, no, Karabakh, do not become a dictatorship where the government controls the words that come of citizens’ mouths! Let’s not develop our own Article 301! Do you really want to be like Turkey or Azerbaijan, these so-called “democracies”?

  4. Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD said:

    Give one metre of Your land and You will lose everything. No inch of Karabakhi Saint Land to the enemy. Azerbaijanis will stop being enemy at the moment when they say that Soviet Azerbaijan started the war, now they request apologies, and ask Karabakhis people to take care of some of Azerbaijan’s citizens. Enough is enough. Karabakh is being late but never wrong.
    jeshmarid@yahoo.com

  5. Arevmdahay said:

    There cannot be democracy in a country where ppl are not interested in politics. I believe that democracy is the doctrine of letting ppl to believe that they are free.

  6. Hilda H said:

    STOP calling the territory with it’s ruso – turkish name, and START using the ancient Armenian name for the land – ARTSAKH. This name was used long before the other one.

  7. Edik said:

    Karabakh has the right to defend his citizens from the “friendly” propaganda.

    Armenians are ready to open the door to the Turks after the recognition of the
    Genocide.

    The time is working for us!

  8. Dave said:

    Since El Presidente Serge Sargsian has obviously been advocating giving some of Artsakh’s land to Azerbaijan, it seems that the call for prosecution in the above article is directed at Serge.

    It would be interesting to see Artsakh arrest Sargsian the next time he steps foot there. It would solve a lot of Armenia’s problems.

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