One hundred years ago, the Ottoman Empire in its dying throws undertook a systematic effort to exterminate the Armenian and Assyrian people. They did so through a campaign of mass killing and displacement which saw 1.5 million Armenians killed and millions more forced to flee from their ancestral homes.
The New York Times on Thursday published a letter by the Representative of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to the US, Robert Avetisyan, who was responding to a letter by Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the US in the same publication, which perpetuated Baku’s military propaganda.
Below is the letter as it appears on NYT.com.
A Response to Azerbaijan
To the Editor:
Religious extremism has been in the forefront of the news lately because of the unfolding events in the Middle East and the failure of peace initiatives in the region. Armenians in the Middle East have not been immune from the devastation that has engulfed major cities, towns, and other smaller isolated communities.
This most anticipated year is upon us. Armenians throughout the world will come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
But beyond commemoration, the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide must become the turning point, at which, we as Armenians—the entire Armenian Nation—in unison to not simply demand the recognition of the Genocide, but [...]