SPEAKER OF KARABAGH PARLIAMENT IN HOUSE OF LORDS, BRITISH PARLIAMENT
Complaints have been presented by the Azeri Government to the British Government for allowing an Address to be delivered by the Speaker of the Karabagh Parliament , the Rt Hon Ashot Ghulyan MP , on the occasion of the 20th AGM of the British-Armenian All-Party Parliamentary Group (BAAPPG) on Monday 11th June 2012, in Committee Room One of the House of Lords , British Parliament.The invitation to the Speaker had been issued by the BAAPPG , together with an application for the Speaker's Visa to the British Embassy in Yerevan Armenia and the event had been organised to include it in its 20th AGM , as part of the celebrations to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Group.It was the two questions asked by Lord Lea who - although not being a Member of the Armenian Group but was allowed to attend the meeting, representing the British-Turkish All-Party Parliamentary Group - that created the unexpected opportunity for both the Karabagh Speaker and the Armenian Ambassador Mrs Karineh Kazinian to express their opinions and expose the facts about the conflict in Karabagh.It is dubious and illogical that the British Government has - according to the Azeri Paper -rejected and refuted the recognition of Karabagh's independence and existence when in 2009 the Rt Hon Baroness Symons Speaker of the House of Lords and representing the British Government , herself was attempting to create the British-Karabagh All-Party Parliamentary Group , confirming and recognising by her actions , the very existence and independence of Karabagh , as no Parliamentary Group can be created without it's object and subject being in existence and being independent .It would be so just and commendable if the British Government who has lately declared and adopted the democratic right and process of "voting for self- determination" by the British inhabitants of the Falkland Islands , would extend the same courtesy and right of "voting for self-determination" to also the people of Karabagh who find themselves in exactly the same situation as our valiant and courageous British compatriots in the Falklands Islands .Twenty years ago when the BAAPPG was founded, it was done with the hope and conviction that the British Government and its Parliamentarians in both Houses of the Palace of Westminster , would apply democracy , fairness, justice and righteousness to all their dealings with their Guest Countries, even with Groups who are representing countries who although maybe not be rich in natural ressources, but are rich in millenia-old culture and whose strategic and geographic location - if endangered and threatened - can affect every country of the South Caucasus Region , the International Community at large and can even jeopardize the safe delivery of those natural ressources to their destinations .According to the Speaker of Karabagh , the Rt Hon Ashot Ghulyan MP, "the people of Karabagh are asking and deserve the right of voting for self-determination and the right of Independence, of living in Freedom , Peace and harmony with all the peoples on this earth , especially with their immediate neighbours whith whom they share lenghty borders and seventy years of good neighbourly relations while at peace with each other ".It is also a subject of deep sorrow and worries that during the past year , and more so visible during the last three months , the Azeri government is attacking at random and sporadically the Karabagh borders ( even infiltrating deep into Armenian villages ) , killing at random and retrieving , taking their dead soldiers with them and producing it to the International Community as an act of agression from the Karabagh side . The Karabagh Speaker reiterated that Karabagh has no wish for resumption of hostilities , is not seeking military solutions and believes that this complex situation can be solved ONLY by means of discussions, negotiations , compromises and Peace . Odette BazilCo-Founder and Executive SecretaryBritish-Armenian All-Party Parliamentary GroupLondon UK
- 1845 Sultan Abdul Megid orders the Pasha of Soor to enter Western Armenia with an army. The goal was to take away the semi-autonomy of the Armenians.
- 1874 Hambardzoom Balassanyan starts the "Love of Fatherland" organization in Karakilissa (Vanadzor).
- 1890 Fighting between Turkish forces and the civilian population of Armenians in Kareen (Erzroom, Western Armenia) took place.
- 1911 Death of Ghazaros Aghayan (educator and writer) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1840.
- 1939 Creation of the Armenian SSR's People's Commissariats for Automobile Transportation, Meat, and Dairy industries.
- 1943 Death of Arus Voskanyan (actress) in Yerevan. She was born in 1889.