I wanted to persuade readers to learn more about the situation in Kashatagh, the region formerly referred to as Lachin, and where the town Berdzor, which was also called Lachin, is located. Kashatagh is a strategically important region to
Kashatagh is being depopulated at an alarming rate. According to statistics accrued by photojournalist Onnik Krikorian, who has discussed in detail the crisis Kashatagh is facing, “The population of the town of
Dozens of Armenians from the diaspora chose to settle in the region after the war’s ceasefire, many of them relocating from
Edik Baghdasaryan summed up the situation best in a short commentary which was published on Monday, October 23 on Hetq. He states, “It is hard to understand how the whole nation can unite for the cause of genocide recognition, can spend so many resources on it and spare no effort or expense, but also be indifferent to its real motherland and hard-earned victories.”
He also points out that “Armenian political parties are only interested in one thing—seizing power in order to make money, start businesses and exploit the people… None of them wants to speak out on these issues. And this is not because they are afraid of being wrong, but simply because they have nothing to say—this holds for both the 115-year old Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Prosperous Armenia, founded recently and mainly dealing in the distribution of wheat and potatoes.”
I agree entirely with Edik’s comments, as they are points I have been trying to make during the near last two years of this blog’s existence. The same party, namely the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, that sent countless members to fight in the war between 1990-1994 now has nothing viable to say regarding the depopulation of Kashatagh—where some of its members chose to reside—nor has it really made any comments regarding the return of these lands to Azerbaijani control, another issue that was hotly debated by the party only five years ago. These things have to be acknowledged—politicians don’t care about the future of Nagorno-Karabagh and all that was sacrificed during the war, it can’t be more obvious.