YEREVAN (Yerkir)–On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement, The Armenian Revolutionary Federation, the Armenian Democratic League (Ramkavar Azatakan Party) and the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party Wednesday issued a joint statement commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Karabakh movement and pledging their close cooperation for the advancement of the Armenian Cause.
Below is the statement:
The Karabakh Self-determination movement began on February 20, 1988, and Azerbaijan responded with massacres in Sumgait, Baku and Kirovabad to peaceful demonstrations. The rightful fight, at the expense of sacrifices by thousands of Armenia’s, resulted in a victory and the establishment of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. But Azerbaijan continues its anti-Armenian crimes and policies.
The Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, the Central Board of the Ramkavar Azatakan Party, and the Central Board of the Social Democrat Hunchak Party have resolved to mark the 20th anniversary of the Karabakh movement jointly in the Homeland and in the Diaspora, and to jointly protest against the anti-Armenian crimes and policies, and to jointly raise with Turkey, the issue of the rights of Armenia’s.
Twenty years after the commencement of the Karabakh movement, we now face new challenges. The legal recognition of the factual liberation of Karabakh, the protection of Karabakh’s current borders, and the resettlement of the liberated territories are priorities, which all Armenian should unite behind. A secure and strong Karabakh is essential for Armenia’s existence.
Another example of a pan-Armenian cooperation is the issue of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by Turkey. There are serious achievemen’s today thanks to the joint efforts.
We are calling on all Armenia’s:
To jointly celebrate 2008 as the year of the 20th anniversary of the Karabakh movement and Join efforts for an international recognition of the Armenian Genocide until the Republic of Turkey recognizes it and assumes full reparation; Announce February 28 as a day symbolizing the massacres of Sumgait and Baku and inform the international community and world countries of all criminal policies carried out by current and former governmen’s of Azerbaijan; and do whatever possible to support the development and strengthening of the governmen’s of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.