YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Ambassadors to the UK from Caucasus states of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia took part on Friday in an event of international significance hosted by the University of St Andrews. The two-day event, ‘The Caucasus: Imagining Freedom, Negotiating Dominion’, was organized by the University’s Center for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies.
Armenian Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan spoke about Armenian identity, Armenian foreign policy challenges, Armenian-Turkish relations and international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
The Armenian envoy stressed that Yerevan’s rapprochement with could not come at the expense of recognition for the Armenian Genocide, which he said would never be “ignored” or “forgotten” by the Armenian government or its people.
In discussing Karabakh, Gabrielyan spoke of the right to self-determination for the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and provided a historical perspective to their struggle for freedom.
The event, supported by the British Academy, examined topics including international relations, peace, security and conflict studies, human rights, religion, history, linguistics, culture, literature and mythology.
In addition to the three ambassadors, fourteen guest speakers from the UK, the US, Europe and Russia spoke on topics such as recent conflicts, ‘virtual’ nationalist movements, recruitment practices of criminal elites and the impact of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.