By Edmond Y. Azadian
Whether the international community recognizes it or not, Karabagh is marching towards democracy and self-determination. The international community has another agenda, which certainly does not include the security and the well being of the population in that trapped enclave. It is up to that population to determine its future and to guarantee its rights and prosperity.
It seems to be perfectly acceptable to that very same international community the transfer of power from father to son in Azerbaijan, in a dynastic set-up, thumbing their noses at international law or democratic norms, as long as they can have access to the rich energy reserves.
Karabagh was an autonomous oblast, even during the Soviet period, and it was allowed to elect its own rulers.
In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire, Karabagh exercised the same procedures prescribed in the Soviet Constitution to secede from the Union as did Azerbaijan, a process that does not impinge on Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, contrary to what the latter is arguing in various world bodies.
As the negotiations have been continuing for two decades, Karabagh’s people did not have to wait for the outcome of those negotiations to elect their leaders and to develop the infrastructures of their government.