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    Noyan Tapan

    (Noyan Tapan - 25.02.2011) Yerevan-In the framework of the "Civil
    Assembly of the Armenian Agenda" initiative, a roundtable discussion
    was convened today at the National Citizens' Initiative (NCI)
    headquarters. The seminar, with the theme "Artsakh: from Kingdom to
    Republic," was devoted to the historical foundations of Karabagh's
    (Artsakh) statehood and the international legal grounds for the
    declaration of the Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR).

    Welcoming the audience with opening remarks, NCI coordinator Hovsep
    Khurshudian noted that the genocide, which had started on 28 February
    1988 in the Azerbaijani town of Sumgait and continued in that country
    for the next two years, had demonstrated yet again the unquestionable
    truth that, under the hegemony of official Baku, the safety of the
    Armenians of Azerbaijan, including those Armenians who constitute the
    majority of the population of the former Nagorno Karabagh Autonomous
    Oblast (NKAO), cannot be guaranteed by any means.

    With his report entitled "The Formation and Development of Statehood
    in Artsakh: From Kingdom to Republic," the day's first speaker,
    political scientist Stepan Hasan-Jalalian, stated that, still as part
    of the ancient united Armenian kingdom, Artsakh had enjoyed certain
    independent statehood whose structure, however, had changed in the
    following centuries and in line with the changing conditions. But
    according to Hasan-Jalalian, the daily life on that soil was organized
    and regulated by the national authorities at all times. "The Artsakh
    republic, which has formed in our times, is the objective result of the
    historical and long-term process of the formation and development of
    statehood in this territory. A statehood that is based on centuries-old
    traditions and developed jurisprudence and is the main assurance for
    the liveliness and development of Artsakh Armenians," Hasan-Jalalian
    maintained. His report was accompanied with the screening of excerpts
    from the film "Vachagan Barepasht (the Pious): Artsakh's First King,"
    whose co-creator is Stepan Hasan-Jalalian.

    In his intervention under the heading "The Impact of the UN
    International Court's Consultative Conclusion on the Legality of
    Kosovo's Declaration of Independence: What the Court's Conclusion
    Suggests from the Standpoint of the Settlement of the Key Issue
    of Artsakh," attorney Levon Gevorgian presented the most recent
    international legal developments with respect to the concept of the
    peoples' right for self-determination and the prospects against the
    backdrop of the Artsakh question. Gevorgian detailed the peculiarities
    of the newly developing theory of "secession, as a means of legal
    defense" and its link to the classic right of self-determination. The
    speaker invited a particular attention to the UN International Court
    of Justice's consultative ruling "on Kosovo independence declaration's
    correspondence with the international law" and its legal merit.

    Gevorgian also looked into the international legal matters concerning
    the recognition of new state formations, and the legality of
    recognition and its possible outcomes.

    With a policy assessment on the topic "A Critical Analysis of
    the Primary Functioning Concepts in the Settlement of the Key
    Issue of Artsakh," the next speaker, international law specialist
    Andreas Ghukasian, spoke about the theses according to which MKR's
    declaration is in conformity with the legislation of the former
    USSR and the criteria for independent statehood. Ghukasian also
    presented the political and legal concepts existing in Azerbaijan
    as to the formation of MKR, specifically in terms of "aggression"
    and "occupation" by Armenia. The speaker underscored the principles
    of the concept which the Organization for Security and Co-operation
    in Europe (OSCE) has adopted in connection with the resolution of
    the Mountainous Karabagh conflict; the respect of human rights; the
    disregard for the exclusion of using, and threatening to use, force
    to resolve the conflict; and the "Madrid Principles'" destructive
    potential toward the settlement of the conflict. In conclusion,
    Ghukasian shared his vision for an alternative resolution.

    The remainder of the session was dedicated to an interesting exchange
    of views and recommendations among those in attendance. Noteworthy
    were interventions by Tigran Pashabezian of the "Ukht Ararati"
    initiative; secretary Larisa Alaverdian of the Heritage Party's
    faction in parliament; eastern studies specialist Areg Bayandur;
    sociologist Syuzanna Barseghian; political scientist Arman Sahakian;
    and several others.

    At the end of the roundtable, the participants received the DVDs
    which feature "Artsakh's First King: Vachagan Barepasht" and another
    film by Stepan Hasan-Jalalian entitled "Hasan-Jalal-Dola: The Ruler
    of the Rulers of Artsakh-Khachen."

    For further information, please call (37410) 27-16-00 or 27-00-03;
    fax (37410) 52-48-46; email [email protected]; or visit

    From: A. Papazian