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Stumbling upon a YouTube video of the ‘National Anthem (Himn Artsakhi) of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’, sung by popular Armenian singer Andre was something of a surprise to me.
I’m not a big fan of national anthems. Most of them are rather boring pieces of music, with similarly boring lyrics. This one is no exception. Here’s the national anthem of the Republic of Armenia for comparison.
What was surprising, however, is the sudden realization, that even though I’m seeing this – yet another little proof of Karabakh’s independence and statehood, deep inside I can’t make myself genuinely and sicerely accept Karabakh as an independent state… I don’t know if this feeling is shared by other Armenians, but I only feel, need, want Karabakh as part of Armenia, and in no other form does it have any value to me.