Armenia’s de facto borders

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This is encouraging and promising, even though it’s happening nearly 15 years after the event! Showing the non-existent borders (at least since 1994!) of the NKAO (Nagorno Karabagh Autonomous Oblast) by Armenian H1TV, Meteo or any other TV, or the HAAF’s (Hayastan All Armenia Fund) calendars and maps or any other official or semi official Armenian Republic or Diaspora publication, in my view, must be considered outright treason. How else can one define deliberate propagation of false information so consistently regarding such a strategic and vitally important issue as ones own borders?!
The problem has been raised for several years with HAAF who every year publishes in their wall calendar the same irresponsible and non-existent NKAO territory next to the Armenian Republic. Even strong protests coupled with threats that substantial and generous donations will be withheld from HAAF unless this unacceptable and irresponsible mistake is corrected and the proper DE FACTO borders are shown in their maps lead to no result and the same false map is published once again. And now we hear that something as basic as national geography school textbooks have not been changed for nearly a decade therefore no effort has been made to educate our younger generation simple facts of our geographical borders feeding them out of date and false information as fact!
Why has this been tolerated for so long?
So rather than talk about “liberated territories” or “occupied territories” or “buffer zone” or “security zone”, all of which may well be valid definitions in their specific fields of discourse, as professor Valesyan has correctly pointed out international law has a simple solution in cases like this. And that is the concept of DE FACTO BORDERS. Any other term is not just false which propagates confusion and non truth but is simply wrong and inappropriate and unpractical. It follows that any map produced must, MUST, be based on existing realities – i.e. de facto borders which as a matter of fact are backed by NKR’s constitution, the OSCE sponsored Ceasefire Agreement of May 1994, and far more importantly the joint Army and Armed Forces of NKR and the Republic of Armenia and therefore their laws!
If Armenia for whatever reason is still unable or unwilling to come to terms with this glaring reality to call a spade a spade and define its borders scientifically and accurately then it is not just betraying our national interest but is being party to spreading confusion in national and international circles, something which is quite unprecedented anywhere in the world!
Finally let me end by stating that this failure to properly define ones own de facto borders has serious negative practical consequences for Artsakh in that it prevents various international humanitarian agencies (such as Oxfam for example), amongst others, from coming to Artsakh. This is because in situations like this (no war no peace as in Artsakh) these organisations need to know the de facto borders of a given country backed and protected by law and order (administration backed by armed forces) of the territory concerned. It certainly does not help when various agencies of the given de facto territory issue irrelevant, out of date, false and confusing information regarding their own national (DE FACTO) borders!

Bagrat Nazarian, Contributing Correspondent (London),
ARARAT Center for Strategic Research

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2 Responses to “Armenia’s de facto borders”

  1. Birthrighton 23 Nov 2008 at 7:26 am

    Adding to what Mr Nazarian has so accurately and specifically put, we next need to, must utilise and inhabit especially the de facto territory/borders of Artsakh. Coordinated by the governments of RA and NKR, Armenians from all over the world, including from the Republic of Armenia and NKR, should INVEST in and POPULATE that part of our homeland, without fear of losing their investments in a possible war that could be waged by Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, and without waiting for international recognition of our current de facto borders. One, if Azerbaijan-Turkey plan another war against Armenia, they will wage it regardless of whether our current de factor borders will be internationally recognised or not. Then at stake will be (and IS) not only Artsakh but the entire Armenia. So, does it, would it, should it really matter for an Armenian what big sum of money (s)he may lose against the danger of losing altogether the last bit of one’s homeland?! Second, the strength of our statehood, with economic strength as its backbone, is the only deterrent to future possible Azerbajani-Turkish aggression and also the possible guarantor to re-establishing our victory in that possible war. It’s a simple truth that the weaker we are (economically, and consequently also militarily), the more enticing our borders become for aggression by those of our neighbors. Third, by investing in those areas for building a strong economy, we’ll significantly increase our chances for reaching international recognition of our de fato borders, as this is the only way to give substantial and practical backing to our just argument to convince by proof the mediators and the international community at large that these are our lands and we direly need them.
    So, the formula isn’t and shouldn’t be “no investment until international recognition”, but “I invest to bring closer the day of international recognition and to push farther the day of possible war!”

  2. Edmond Ebrahimion 30 Nov 2008 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for making it plain and simple to the general public the importance of such a measure i.e drawing the De facto Borders of NKR, for securing the very existence of NKR and Armenia.

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