The blogosphere is full of speculations about the seven regions in Azerbaijan currently under the control of Armenian and Karabakh forces, which are referred to as the “Liberated Territories”. This issue was also discussed by Onnik Krikoryan and Anaid1708 earlier.
The new wave of discussions seem to have started at OpenArmenia forum, after which Kornelij Glas posted about the petition signed by a number of internet resources against the surrender of the liberated territories, saying, that the negotiations currently in progress are based on “the readiness of Armenia to surrender already all seven (!) liberated territories around NKR, living only the Lachin corridor (not the region).” In exchange Karabakh would gain the right to conduct a referendum on its status after about 5-15 years. Kornelij Glas says his opinion, that this will definitely lead to a new war, in which we will be on the loosing side, is only shared by a few people, and of those few, most think, that Robert Sedrakovich (president of Armenia) is from Karabakh and would never make concession on the issue.
Ahousekeeper here, here and here as well as the Freedomfight777 and Hayblog.ru are also joining the petition and urging everybody to sign the petition “AGAINST THE SURRENDER OF THE LIBERATED TERRITORY” at http://www.miacum.ru. At that Armenia Breaking news is writing, that according to Vahram Atanesyan, chair of the NKR Parliamentary Committee of External Relations, all the issues discussed during the talks must become subject of public debates:
Are we ready for the settlement, for a compromise, or does the current situation satisfy us? At any rate, the issue needs to be discussed.
“Besides general principles of settlement there are nuances which need precision. For instance, “land communication with Armenia”. After all, the NKR government needs not only the vote of confidence of people but also needs to know their opinion to present it to the international community.
I think the people of NKR are to solve the question of status of NKR and the territories surrounding former NKAR, because only people are empowered.
Looking at all the polemics in the blogosphere Uzogh is stating, that there is no way to go without Kharabakh conflict resolution and is asking – what are the options?
I know 2 [positions in circulation currently]: the position of Jirayr Sefilyan (which can be described in short as: “the hell do we care about resolution, we are OK as we are now”), which rejects the concept of resolution per se, and we have vague suppositions, that can be reduced to the phrase “surrender of 7 regions”.
Uzogh’s post has definitely generated a lot of interest: 101 comment when I last checked it, which by Armenian blogging standards is pretty big deal.
Pigh says he won’t sign the petition. This is all pointless noise the blogger says: “Serge and Robert [Prime Minister and President] would never surrender Karabakh – 100%”.
So – my personal opinion – the speculations about the surrender are not serious, and the petition is not really that serious, but we need such speculations, petitions, discussions, and a lot more of them. I am also pretty sure, that if we want peace and integration in this region, we have to be prepared to surrender something. But what will be the true price?