ISSN 1829-4618


By: Balayan Z. H.,

The genocide was committed in Nakhijevan before the eyes of all the generations of the Soviet period. The last several thousands of Nakhijevani Armenians were deported in 1991. And the last thousands of sacred khachkars were smashed into pieces and taken out in open railway wagons in the beginning of the third millennium. I will repeat myself: khachkars - masterpieces of small architecture, first and foremost are tombstones, beneath which lie the remains of the ancestors of Armenians, the ancestors of geniuses like Komitas and Aram Khachaturian and many thousands of talented Nakhijevani Armenians. I think very few people know that in this sacred place for Armenians the Azerbaijani barbarians have now established a military training ground, a combat firing range. Article 1 of the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to Crimes Against Humanity begins with a loud line: ”No statutory limitation shall apply to the crimes, irrespective of the date of their commission.” It is important that numerous logically verified provisions of the UN General Assembly’ Convention “do not provide for any exception in any case.” This means that, pursuant to Articles VIII and IX of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Armenia, i.e. the National Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of the UN Charter, shall have the right to apply to the United Nations with the lawful claim to “take all necessary measures”. And this implies that, in accordance with the said Article IX, “the disputes shall be submitted to the International Court of Justice”. It should be emphasized that in the case of Nakhijevan, “attempt to commit genocide and complicity in genocide” shall be punishable.

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