Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
2010-02-02 14:10

Official Baku has again undertaken an anti-Karabakh action caused
this time by a program of Nizhniy Novgorod State TV and Radio Company
telling about the intention of the Armenian community of Nizhniy
Novgorod to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Nagorno
Karabakh, within the action "From Brother to Brother". The formal
reason of the Azerbaijanis' attacks was the statement made during the
TV program that the ancient name of Nagorno Karabakh was Artsakh, due
to which the TV Channel's leadership was attacked by numerous letters,
including from Azerbaijani historians, professors, and scholars,
indignantly urging the TV Company's leadership to give corresponding
explanations. Surely, the campaign was supported by the officials,
in particular, irreplaceable in similar cases Press Secretary of the
NKR MFA Elhan Polukhov who tried once again to misinform the public.

The Union of Journalists of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic expresses
its gratitude to Manager of Nizhniy Novgorod STRC Nazariy Zeleniy
who didn't yield to the provocations and informational terror
by Azerbaijan and displayed professional and civil adherence.We
are also pleased to note that the editorial staff of the Nizhniy
Novgorod informational-analytical digest Kamurj (Bridge) addressed
the NKR Permanent Mission to Moscow and Institute of Ethnology
and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences for giving
corresponding explanations on the admissibility of using "Artsakh"
as the ancient name of Nagorno Karabakh, as well as suggested the
NGO leaders and editors of the Armenian publications and mass media
to cover and comment on this situation. The response, in particular,
emphasized that "all the historical, archeological, and architectural
monuments since the ancient period up to the modern times testify
that Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) has been part of Armenia throughout
the multi-thousand history of the Armenian people".

We are regretfully stating that Nizhniy Novgorod STRC is not the
single mass media, which has recently undergone similar blackmail
by official Baku. CNN, Euronews, and BBC TV Companies,
Egyptian informational website, and Inter Ukrainian TV Channel -
this is not far the entire list of the mass media, the fair articles
of which about the present Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) caused
a storm of indignation in Azerbaijan.

Unfortunately, the generator of the anti-Karabakh actions is often the
Azerbaijani MFA, which should deal with the issues of the Karabakh
conflict settlement instead of aggravating the tense situation in
the region still more.