Armen Gevorgyan, deputy of the NA “Armenia” faction, member of the RA NA delegation to the PACE, spoke about Azerbaijan’s aggression towards Armenia at the meeting of the Social, Healthcare and Sustainable Development Committee of the Assembly held in Izmir, Turkey, on September 23.
Armen Grigoryan’s speech is below:
Dear members of the commission,
I would like to inform the committee members about the latest developments in our region.
At midnight on September 13, Azerbaijan launched an unprovoked and unjustified armed invasion into the territory of Armenia. As a result of this massive aggression lasting several days, more than 200 Armenian soldiers died, some of them in captivity. About two dozen are still in captivity. Three female soldiers were not only killed, but their bodies were defiled in ways typical of ISIS fighters. Huge damage was done to the nature of the Jermuk resort, which is famous for its healing mineral waters.
Azerbaijan has occupied new territories in Armenia, in addition to the 2021 to the occupations from May.
This war violated the ongoing negotiations mediated by Russia, the European Union and the United States. On September 15, almost all the members of the UN Security Council individually strongly criticized this encroachment on peace and urged to return to negotiations. Some members, even without disguising it in diplomatic language, clearly pointed to the aggressor state. The discussion in the UN Security Council reaffirms that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is not resolved, as the Azerbaijani authorities try to present.
Colleagues, in this organization we still face a difficult choice. One member state regularly attacks another member state, while the Council of Europe fails to take proactive steps. This organization, unlike many other organizations, prefers to limit itself to vague and unclear statements, avoids objective assessments and sanctions against the law-breaking state.
The silence of our organization and our voluntary isolation, in fact, further encourages aggression by such states as Azerbaijan, which is not punished in any way for its aggression against its neighbor and continues to reaffirm its own fictions.
My compatriots refuse to believe that the promise of access to the gas and oil of the Caspian Sea can cloud the minds of the members of our organization. We do not want to see the global plans of the Turkic states to physically unify the separate parts of their states by occupying or annexing the sovereign territory of Armenia and at the cost of the lives of hundreds of innocent citizens.
In fact, we are witnessing double standards and geopolitics. How else can we explain the fact that even wars receive different attitudes and responses in our organization? Objectively, there cannot be good and bad, right and wrong wars. Nevertheless, we often witness it in our decisions and actions.
Dear members of the commission, a few days ago, September 21, was Armenia’s independence day. And although the Armenians of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are trying to overcome really huge challenges recently, our nation will continue to fight and live with dignity. This deep sense of dignity is rooted in the historical legacy that the Armenian civilization has built and created in this part of the world over the millennia. We have always built and created, wherever we lived, in our homeland or scattered around the world.
This also applies to today’s Turkey, where a significant part of the heritage has Armenian roots or Armenian traces, be it the Hagia Sophia or the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. Similarly, in Baku, where Armenians built and created many things, in Izmir, where the development of the rich Armenian cultural and historical heritage was interrupted in 1922. By the way, many famous political, state and public figures of Armenian descent from different countries are descended from ancient Smyrna. Among them are the late Prime Minister of France Edouard Balladur, the first Prime Minister of Egypt Nubar Pasha, a famous American businessman and philanthropist, the national hero of Armenia Alek Manukyan and others.
Thank you for your attention.”
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