When people are confronted with crises, with impossible outcomes in sight, they resort to escapism as a defense mechanism, to avoid dealing with that harsh reality. Karabakh faces just such an impossible situation and escapism is no cure.
Armenians in the homeland and around the world will have to come together and find a solution. No other party will try to solve this crisis, and even if they attempt to resolve it, they will do so for their own advantage, not to help Armenia.
Since the 44-Day War, Azerbaijan has been creating one crisis after another, on a daily basis, outside the parameters of the November 9, 2020 tripartite declaration, which brought the Azerbaijan-created conflict to a halt. It seems rules are for Armenia and Karabakh only, with Azerbaijan breaking agreed-upon rules as well as accepted conventions since then. For example, contrary to international conventions, Baku has continued to keep more than 80 prisoners of war under detention. Several have already been sentenced to lengthy prison terms after farcical trials in Baku.
Before Armenia could protest and take the issue to major world bodies, Azerbaijan captured territory on Armenia’s border at Sev Lij in summer 2021. While the capture of territory was being debated, border killings took place in Yeraskh on the Armenia-Nakhijevan border. Just this month, Baku cut off the gas supply to the Armenian population in Artsakh, at a time when temperatures have plunged and snowstorms have made the need for heat vital. While Russian peacekeepers were negotiating the resumption of delivery of gas to Artsakh, to avoid a humanitarian crisis, on March 22-25 Azerbaijani forces made incursions in Karabakh proper, taking over the strategic village of Parukh, in the Askeran region, where they used Turkish-made Bayraktar drones to kill three Armenian soldiers and wound another 14.
Ever since the Karabakh war of 2020, and the adoption of the “two states, one nation” principle by Turkey and Azerbaijan, which was officially enshrined in the “Shusha Declaration,” Ankara has taken over the government in Baku and in particular the Azerbaijani armed forces, which have been creating and fomenting these crises with Armenia.
In the meantime, to please President Joe Biden, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to begin negotiations with Armenia, supposedly without preconditions. So, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu greets and hugs Armenia’s Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan, and claims that productive negotiations have begun with Armenia, while he cynically delegates troublemaking to his underlings in Baku. He then asks Armenia to sign an inadmissible “peace treaty” with Azerbaijan, before moving one step further in the talks between Ankara and Yerevan.