Territories Under Control Deserted


8 Feb 05

What Will the Missionâ~@~Ys Report Contain?

Lewis Oâ~@~YNeal, official of the US State Secretary, spend his
birthday in Ghubatlu, the region under the control of NKR armed
forces. Lewis is the most active among the ten members of the
monitoring mission and has a special way of accumulating facts. He
failed to shoot good sceneries as the fog hindered the work of his
photo camera, but also hindered the cars to move.

Notwithstanding extremely awful weather conditions, the OSCE monitoring
mission carried out a monitoring in a week in the seven regions that
formerly belonged to Azerbaijan. The region of Lachin will be the
last in the first stage of their work. The members of the monitoring
envisaged to meet with the refugees in Stepanakert, on February 7.

They kept calling on the houses spread along the Vorotan and the
Hagari rivers and settlements with slight resemblance of such and
questioning the people where they came from, why they came and who
brought them there.

The fate made the people move to Ghubatlu, that the Armenians currently
call Sanasar. Each of them brought an excuse and told what he lost
in these ruins left after the war actions. Some of them are refugees
and look for a shelter in this region. There are people that lost
their homes as a result of the earthquake. A part of the population
is sure to leave these places if they find a proper place for living
either in Armenia or in Nagorno Karabakh.

The monitoring mission tries to find out whether Armenia or
Nagorno Karabakh conducts policy of inhabiting and utilizing these
regions. Having traveled in dozens of settlements with the monitoring
group, unfortunately, we can be sure that neither Armenia nor Karabakh
inhabit the territories that used to be Armenian formerly. Certainly,
there are some inhabitants in the security region around Nagorno
Karabakh, but uncontrolled inhabiting canâ~@~Yt be characterized as
a state policy.

Though in early 20th century, when the Musavat Azerbaijan and
the Republic of Armenia were formed, Nagorno Karabakh wasnâ~@~Yt
Armeniaâ~@~Ys part, it didnâ~@~Yt belong to Azerbaijan either. Armenia
and Karabakh were directly connected. In mid-1920s the two Armenian
unites became more separated when the region of Lachin became
the administrative center of the newly formed Red Kurdistanâ~@~Ys
autonomy. In 1930 the Kurdish autonomy fell and the region of Lachin
was formed. Seven kilometers of this region separated Armenia and
Karabakh from each other.

The members of monitoring group arenâ~@~Yt that interested in
such facts, as well as the history, in general. They carry out the
instructions given to them. They will represent the report to the
OSCE Minsk group by the end of February already. One canâ~@~Yt say
what will be the content of the report. The NKR authorities didnâ~@~Yt
make any obstacles on the monitoring groupâ~@~Ys way, on the contrary,
as the European and the American diplomats stated in a conversation
with us, all the conditions were created for their work.

By Tatoul Hakobian in Ghubatlu-Lachin