NK marks Independence Day

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic marks the 19th anniversary of its independence today. Official celebrations started with military parade, a number of exhibitions and monuments are to be opened later on.

Karabakh’s independence is not recognized by any state, including Armenia. However, the official delegation of the Republic of Armenia will take part in the celebrations, headed by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.

President’s strange statement

More importantly, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has issued a statement, congratulating “compatriots” “on the occasion of the Nagorno Karabakh Independence Day.”

It was not clear who are the “compatriots” Sargsyan was talking about, given the fact, that he is from Karabakh himself, but is issuing the statement as the President of Armenia and Armenians.

“Artsakh’s independence is one of the most brilliant pages of the modern Armenian history, the greatest achievement of our nation,” Sargsyan further said in his statement, adding that the price for independence “was paid by the blood of thousands of the Armenian sons and daughters.” So in this way he seems to clarify the earlier point – by ‘compatriots’ he means all Armenians both in Armenia and the independent Artsakh.

There is at least one point I readily agree with in Sargsyan’s statement: “Peaceful resolution of the NK issue can have only one outcome – international recognition of Artsakh’s independence.”

PS: I still don’t see the point of the President playing this cat-and-mouse game, writing “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” in the Armenian version of President’s statement and “Nagorno-Karabakh” without the ‘republic” in the English version, etc, etc.