NKR MFA: OPERATION KOLTSO STRENGTHENED THE DETERMINATION OF ARTSAKH PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS

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18:39 29.04.2013

The Ministry of of Foreign Affairs of the Ngaorno Karabakh Republic
issued a statement on the 22nd anniversary of the "Ring" Operation
(Operation Koltso). The statement runs as follows:

"The operation "Ring," launched by the special police detachments
(OMON) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, with
the support of the USSR Interior Ministry’~[s troops in April-May,
1991 holds a peculiar place in the history of the conflict between
Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, both for its scope and consequences.

The operation, which became possible due to a criminal collusion
between the Azerbaijani government and some USSR leaders, resulted
in a complete devastation and destruction of more than two dozen
villages of Northern Artsakh, as well as in Shahumyan, Hadrut and
Shushi regions. It ended only after a month, thanks to wide publicity
and condemnation both within the USSR and beyond.

But the wheels of the war were set in motion. The operation "Ring",
which stood out by its brutality and massive violations of human
rights, sharply increased the level of tension in the region and
shifted the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict to a plane of military
actions, becoming a prelude to the subsequent full-scale aggression
of Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh.

However, Azerbaijan has failed to achieve its main goal - to intimidate
the population of Nagorno-Karabakh and suppress their legitimate
aspirations for self-determination. On the contrary, the operation
"Ring" only strengthened the determination of the people of Artsakh
to fight for their rights and freedoms."



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress