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A Clarion Call

The wife of the Prime Minister is all set to leave for the battlefield in order to protect her country from the enemies! Well, Anna Vachiki Hakobyan – wife of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan – will soon be setting such a precedent. The 42-year-old Anna, the Editor-in-Chief of the Armenian Times, has confirmed the news, saying that she would fight for her country in the ongoing war with neighbouring Azerbaijan. Sharing her training picture, Anna recently tweeted: “A detachment of 13 females, including myself, began military training exercises today. In a few days, we will depart to assist with the protection of our borders. Neither our homeland, nor our dignity will be given up to the enemy.” It is to be noted that Anna runs a number of Social Service Organisations in Armenia, apart from taking part in the Armenian ‘Women for Peace‘ Movement.

Anna Vachiki Hakobyan

The clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues to worsen over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Anna urged her countrymen to come forward in order to protect the country’s borders with Azerbaijan. In a Facebook post, she “warned Azerbaijan that his country would not bow down to the enemy at any cost”. “This is the time for the people of the country to come forward. This is the time to show the world that the Armenian men know how to defend their country, wives, children and families,” she added. Interestingly, Anna’s 20-year-old son Ashot Pashinyan, too, is making preparations to volunteer his country in the fight against Azerbaijan. Ashot, born in 2000, recently completed his Compulsory Military Training.

Meanwhile, the European Media have reported that the two former Soviet Republics agreed on October 30 that they would not be targetting innocent civilians. So far, hundreds have been killed in more than a month of fighting in the bilateral conflict over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Foreign Ministers of the two countries recently reached an agreement during a meeting in Geneva in the presence of envoys from France, Russia and the US.

In a statement, Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group has mentioned that Armenia and Azerbaijan also agreed to exchange the bodies of fighters, apart from releasing detained Prisoners of War within a week. Earlier, the Human Rights groups and the Global Community had requested both Armenia and Azerbaijan not to use banned weapons. The request was made after the confirmation of use of cluster munitions either fired or supplied by Armenian Forces in an attack on the Azeri city of Barda.

The worst fighting in the South Caucasus for more than two-and-half decades has brought into sharp focus the increased influence of Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, in the former Soviet region considered by Russia to be well within its sphere of influence. Nagorno-Karabakh is globally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan. However, it is populated and controlled by the ethnic Armenians. Nearly, 30,000 people were killed in a 1991-94 War in the region.

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Azeri President Ilham Aliyev recently confirmed on Twitter that his troops had taken nine more settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh under their control. The regions are situated in the southern part of the conflict zone, near the border with Iran. Azerbaijan’s military had launched an operation to take control of the region on September 27, 2020, making a negotiated settlement more difficult. President Aliyev rejected any solution that would leave the Armenians in control of territory claimed by both countries as part of their historic homeland.

For his part, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan said that he believed in “the principle of ‘remedial secession’ should be applied to Nagorno-Karabakh”. By using the term ‘Remedial Secession’, he referred to the secession of a sub-group from its parent state, as a remedy of last resort…

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