Reliable historical sources say that Armenian authorities have always attempted to take under control the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan and eventually separate it from Azerbaijan, Peter Tase, an American journalist and research scholar, said in article titled “The Fate of Nakhchivan: Repeated Violations of Moscow and Kars Treaties”, posted on Eurasia Review, an independent Journal and Think.
According to the article, in November 29, 1920 the Bolshevik authority, established in Armenia, wanted to include Nakhchivan and Zangazur into Armenian territory. Civilian population of Nakhchivan and Zangazur organized massive protests against this decision.
“At the time when Kars Treaty was signed, the territory of Nakhchivan was 6,988 km2, later it was reduced into 5,500 km2 as a result of Moscow’s illegal procedures of handing in, transferring, Nakhchivan’s territory to Autonomous Republic of Armenia. Subsequently, the International treaties were unilaterally violated and breached; as a result the borders of Nakhchivan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic were reviewed again, said the article.
The Treaties of Moscow (March 16, 1921) and Kars (October 13, 1921) made possible the integration and unification of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (its current official name) within the sovereign territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, said the author.
“While Moscow and Kars treaties continue to be in effect and valid until today, the illegal annexation of territories of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic conducted by Armenia is against the standards set forth by the International law, the Vienna Convention of 1969 on the Law of International Treaties, Declaration of 1970 on International Law principles, and the Helsinki Final Act of 1975,” said the article.
According to the author, as most of the nations of the world place a special emphasis only in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that is taking place within the sovereign territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan over the last 27 years; their respective leaders forget that the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan) is suffering tragic losses of its territory and its people are condemned to go through difficult economic times because of the isolation imposed upon them by the Armenian Regime in Yerevan.
“We must not forget that Nakhchivan is a cradle of human civilization and deserves a special attention from the world community,” said the article. /APA/