Artashes Boyajian (artashes98) wrote,
Artashes Boyajian
artashes98

Jirayr Sefilyan's answer to my question

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http://hetq.am/eng/politics/8539/#1

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Below is what I wrote in response to his answer. Unfortunately, hetq.am does not allow further postings on that site, so I post it here:
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"Rejoinder to Jirayr Sefilyan's answer to my question.
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Dear Jirayr,

My perception of the matter is confirmed, at least partly, by the information on the official website of the Office of NKR in Washington, DC:

"On the 22nd of August, the Azeri troops were forced to leave the town and district of Fizuly. In two days, the Karabakhi troops entered the district center Djebrail and took the territory under their control.
On August 26, the Hadrout district territory of the NKR was entirely liberated. On August 29, the Azeri side made an attempt to break through the Karabakhi defensive positions in the southern regions of the Lachin Humanitarian Corridor, but the NKR army embarked on a counter-offensive, and on August 31 entered the district center of Kubatly. The same day, an agreement on a 10-day cease-fire was signed between Azerbaijan and the NKR."
http://www.nkrusa.org/nk_conflict/armed_conflict.shtml#year1993
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In just one week (!), from August 22 to August 31, 1993, three districts (Fizuli, Djebrail, Kubatly) were occupied by the Armenian forces. This was extremely and unimaginably fast, and it was, according to many reports at the time - and I was following the events very closely - largely due to the panic and retreat of the Azeri army. And this was the main point of my original question. You, on the other hand, are talking about the much longer period, six-month long counteroffensive AND then keeping and defending the newly gained territories, which of course caused much heavier losses from our side than, for example, the almost bloodless takeover of the three above-mentioned districts.

On the second question, you said that "the field commanders and soldiers on the ground who actually liberated those territories carried out those orders with one supreme motive in mind – the return of our lost native lands".

If so, why thousands of soldiers and field commanders were NOT saying so at the time, or immediately after the war?? If they really thought so, it would be impossible to hide. In the Armenian society, there was NO such discourse, NO interviews, NO kitchen table talks about the native Armenian lands of Fizuli, Agdam, etc. To the contrary, practically everybody was talking about the "buffer zone". And that is a fact, and not a perception."

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