RESTORE SOVEREIGNTY AND RETURN ARARAT
- Armenia celebrates the 21st anniversary of independence at the crossroads. After 20 years of independence, Armenia has to choose its path again. What happened is already past, now we are on the start and we have to choose our future, perhaps, not for 20 years, but for more . Why are we at the crossroads? First, because Armenia is a zone which both Russia and the U.S. would like to control. So far, we can talk about the sovereignty of Armenia with reservations - according to an intergovernmental agreement, the security of Armenia is guaranteed not by our state but Russia with its military base. Russia is also on the borders of our country, and we do not know for sure who crosses our border. Not to mention the fact that we handed to Russians all our infrastructure.After 20 years of independence Armenia expressed wish to change this situation. There are two ways: either to restore sovereignty or to replace the Russian master with the European senor. Both paths are hard: denunciation of the clause of the agreement on the "protection of the security of Armenia by Russia" and changing the conditions for the deployment of the Russian military base in Armenia, as well as a new agreement under which Russia will cease to protect the borders of Armenia as "external borders of the CIS". Apparently, Armenia is not ready for these steps which means that we will remain a country with incomplete sovereignty. We are standing at the crossroads trying to choose the civilization in which we want to live in the future. Armenians have always called themselves a part and even the source of the Western civilization, but we have been long living in the soviet-Asian civilization with its ironic relation to democracy, equality, freedom, its hierarchy in the family and state, with its tradition of bribery, corruption and nepotism. Do we want to change these rules? There is one more layer of crossroads - regional issues. The 2015 year is approaching and Turkey is getting ready because it will be urged to recognize the genocide and provide compensation. Armenia may grow in territories, but for this, we need to get ready to stand firmly for the protection of our national dignity. During the first years of independence we defended out dignity having won the war in Karabakh, now, we need to show diplomatic courage and state that Armenia has the right to pretend to our territories. The president, who will be elected in 2013, should decide where Armenia needs to go. This president may enter the history of the Armenian people as the leader who managed to restore the sovereignty of Armenia directing the country to its natural civilized path and return Ararat Mount and Van. This is a hard mission because there is no guarantee that the future president, if he turns out a coward conformist, will -present for ever Armenia's sovereignty to Russia, will recognize Armenia as a part of the Asian civilization and will lose Karabakh. Naira Hayrumyan
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1826 Russian forces defeat the Persian Sardar's forces of Yerevan in the Battle of Mirak near Mount Aragats.
- 1826 Birth of architect Nikoghayos Palyan (architect) in Constantinople. He died in 1858.
- 1920 Start of the Armenian-Turkish War.
- 1921 The National Council of the Armenian SSR decrees the end of illiteracy in Armenia.
- 1942 The Armenian 89th Rifle Division attacked German positions near Grozny.
- 1991 Armenian Independence Day.