To allow Armenia to establish purportedly legitimate symbols of sovereignty on soil the world recognizes as Azerbaijani is to take the already-fragile peace process in which the two countries have been engaged and ceremoniously set it ablaze.
The elections are either a profoundly unwise gamble that Azerbaijan will remain quiescent and the Minsk Group forgiving (at least until the region’s independence is a fait accompli) or a story of Armenia losing control of the forces it put in motion.
OSCE observers were quick to note that the Republican Party of Armenia engaged in systematic subversion of the electoral process, including pressure on voters and a refusal by electoral commissions to enforce the law.
Last week saw yet another small milestone in efforts to recognize the Khojaly Massacre and the frozen conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh, and to move closer to a day when the region will know peace.
Eric Lyman has a provocative piece in the Washington Times on the twentieth anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre. If the international community means to avoid another shooting war here, this problem must be solved sooner than later.
The world must bear witness, knowing that the memory of the Khojaly Massacre is yet another reason why the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains frozen in amber, and knowing that our failure to act is a rebuke to our determination not to let crimes against humanity go unpunished.