Kosovo Is A Precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh

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Now that Kosovo gained its independence Nagorno-Karabakh's international recognition should come next. If freedom is permitted for one nation, it's permitted for all nations.

Last month Kosovo proclaimed its independence and many European countries and USA quickly recognized Kosovo as an independent country.

There has been much talk about Nagorno-Karabakh, and Abkhazia and if Kosovo is a precedent or not for these republics.

Some have said Kosov is a precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh and other smaller republics to gain independence and live free of oppression, some have said it is not.

Our question is why not?

Why should one nation be allowed to live free and another should not be allowed that? Which one is the standard? Freedom for all? Or freedom for the select?

Those who say Kosovo is not precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh should know that even during Soviet time Nagorno-Karabakh was an autonomous region inside Azerbaijan and according to Soviet constitution had the right for self-determination. People of Nagorno-Karabakh are Christians and Azerbaijan, which is predominantly Muslim, has continuously oppressed the rights of the christian Armenian minority in Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region. Therefore, the people of Nagorno-Karabakh according to the constitution of USSR (before the Soviet Union collapsed) stood up for their rights and the parliament proclaimed its independence from Azerbaijan. People of Azerbaijan started killing Armenians in mass murders, in Sumgait in 1988 and in the capital Baku in 1990 just because these people were Armenians. To this day Azerbaijan speaks from the point of view of force. Their president Ilham Aliev keeps speaking something like this: "we will sell our oil, will buy more arms and will start war to get Armenians out of Nagorno-Karabakh."

In the meanwhile in Nagorno-Karabakh, already 20 years out of Azerbaijan's oppression there is a new generation that does not know what it means to leave under Azerbaijan. Who and how is going to convince this young generation that you need to leave under Azerbaijan? Who and how is going to convince the older generation to go and leave under those who constantly murdered them?

Kosovo is a wonderful precedent not only for Nagorno-Karabakh, but for all nations that seek freedom from oppression.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Nagorno-Karabakh never strove for independence. It is just another effort to acquire more territories from other sovereign states to create a dream of "Greater Armenia". Armenian nationalists want Nagorno-Karabakh region and Nakhichevan region of Azerbaijan, Javakhetia region of Georgia, Kars province of Turkey so that they enlarge their state. It is illegal under international law. If we talk about independences of willingness to be independent, we have to then provide the same independence to 3,000 ethnicities existing on this planet.

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