Author Archives: Michael Mensoian

Artsakh’s Independence Before Normalization: Reordering Armenia’s Priorities

The following comment is attributed to President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan conjecturing on the possibility of Artsakh achieving local autonomy when it is returned to Baku’s jurisdiction. “It may take a year, maybe 10 years, maybe 100 years, or it will never be possible. Time will tell.î That mindset that Karabakh will revert to Azerbaijani control is given credence by the continuing pressure by the Minsk Group representing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for Armenia to accept another nuanced Madrid Proposal as the basis for negotiating a resolution of the Karabakh conflict. To accept these principles places the burden on the Armenian negotiators, effectively precluding our brothers and sisters in Artsakh from ever achieving a peaceful de jure independence.

The Roadmap to Normalization Is a Roadmap to Oblivion for Armenia

The “roadmap to normalization” is a roadmap to oblivion for Armenia. Secrecy in the ongoing negotiations may be necessary, but given the advantage that Turkey enjoys and the strident comments made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul, and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Babacan, the only conclusion that can be reached is that the negotiations are not beneficial for Armenia.

The ARS Mother and Child Clinic in Akhourian

In 2010, the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) will celebrate its centennial anniversary. This is a milestone for any organization. Established in 1910, the ARS has been at the forefront in providing emergency and long-term assistance to Armenia’s worldwide, in the homeland (Armenia, Artsakh, and Javakhk), and throughout the Diaspora. Central to the mission of the