STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–A conference analyzing the liberation movement of Karabakh and issues related to the rebirth of the Armenian nation took place Wednesday as part of celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Karabakh liberation movement. Among those in attendance were delegations from Russia and Armenia–including numerous scientists–politicians and public figures.
The delegation from Armenia included member of the National Academy of Sciences Rafael Ghazarian; National Assembly member and presidential candidate David Shahnazarian; member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Hrand Markarian; ARF representative Kim Balayan; and Chairwoman of the Sociology Department of the Yerevan State University Ludmila Harutiunian–among others.
"Today–Karabakh is again on the crossroads of geopolitical interests and the unification and preservation of a steadfast national spirit has become of paramount importance," Chairperson of the Artsakh State University Pavel Gevorkian said–addressing the conference. He stressed that territory handover is impossible until Karabakh’s status is specified and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is recognized by international law.
Russian participants–representing the Public Movement in Support of Karabakh "KRIK" noted that the Russian intelligentsia supports Karabakh in its struggle for independence. They said–"It is a given that any independent state should first declare its existence and then stand up for its independence."
Russian participants of the conference paid special attention to Karabakh’s Shahumian region–stressing that it was Armenian land and Azerbaijan’s jurisdiction over it should be eliminated.