ThroughTheNews decided to reach people whose lives are impacted by the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, giving them the stage to tell their perspective, and also to communicate with each other. The conflict doesn’t end between Armenia and Azerbaijan and its involves also Russia and Turkey.
You can read these stories, and form your own perspective, whether you are in South Caucasus or elsewhere in the world, if you feel that conflicts sometime have different angles than what is shown in news, and hate between sides is not the only solution, you are invited to share your own perspective, Through-The-News. With your name or in an anonymous way.
Syuzanna Ghukasyan, 27 years old, from Armenia
From my point of view, it was definitely pre-planned, and it's a big game between Russia and Turkey, in particular, Russia's game. This assumption is corroborated by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoygu, who spoke about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an interview with the Kazakh Tengrinews agency, mentioning complicated Russian-Turkish relations. He noted that the last "work" of the Russian -Turkish cooperation was Nagorno Karabakh. He added that it was not an easy operation. It was a complicated and delicate operation.
All this must be viewed through the lens of geopolitics.
We know that Putin intends to restore the former Russian Empire within the borders of the USSR (Soviet Union) and it perhaps started with his speech in Munich in 2007. It is hardly news that the EAEU and CSTO are Armenia's inconvenient alliances. We know that these organizations were doomed from the beginning. We all understand that there is no union, no alliance. Stalin has started this conflict and the situation is getting worse with dictator Putin for years. Consequently, we simply lose thousands of lives on both sides. And why???
Besides, as a result, Turkey always supports Azerbaijan financially and otherwise, and our ally "friend" always abandons us and what’s more, Russia supports the conflict.
There is even a sarcastic joke:
- Hey, Vasya, who do you think Russia supports in this conflict, Armenia or Azerbaijan?
- In this conflict, dear, Russia supports the conflict.
I think all open-minded people understand this. It's enough! I believe and I hope very much that many people of my generation and from the future generation will never support this conflict anymore. I want us to try to solve this problem as soon as possible. Since I think the current generation is more risky, innovative and peace-loving. I believe in their power, the power of mind. I don't want us to be the victims of manipulation created by Russia unlike our parents, who, I think, were victims. Their generation grew up listening to and seeing Russian propaganda.
We want peace and we will achieve it in a civilized and diplomatic way. This is the only way for me. Not by killing young soldiers. Unfortunately, many still support wars and killings (even unconsciously) I was amazed at how some people were happy about the hundreds of victims on both sides. This hatred sometimes has no boundaries. This is so sad for me since my hope is also for the younger generation in Azerbaijan. I have good friends from there who are peacebuilders too. Only Armenians can not end this conflict.
Although, for sure in Armenia we have many haters too. This is one of the biggest problems for me which prolongs the final resolution of this issue. And it is not their fault, I know. It is the fault of big and dirty politics, indoctrinating generations for years to hate each other over a piece of land, which disturbs peace between the people of these two countries. Furthermore, we have a big and difficult job to do with racist, homophobic and nationalist people, those who prevent progress and hinder the development and peace in these two countries.
Perhaps at least in Armenia we have democracy, freedom of speech, we are more open in discussions and relations, but, as far as I have noticed, when communicating with Azeris, those, who are peace-builders, they are more closed, scared, afraid of government pressure and etc... Nevertheless, I see there are many peacebuilders in both countries.
A large number of my generation generally thinks that our countries will live in peace and freedom one day, without this disgraceful politic no matter what the dictators preach. We will communicate, we will not kill each other, I BELIEVE.
I want to have free Armenia, a peaceful and developing country. Open for neighbors and in front of the world, open for new challenges. Nevertheless, we, as a society, as a nation, must be ideologically ready to join the good and the strong side. I have a dream, the best is yet to come!
Ismi Shahzade, 30 years old, from Azerbaijan
There are no winners of land wars.
Ever since we opened our eyes, we have heard moans, painful stories, and sad memories. We complain about why the generation born in the 90s is unhappy because we know we have a neighbor that we can't see or talk to. The elders of the family do not allow it, or from time to time they lose hope of getting closer with different arguments.
By the time our generation was born, this conflict had already taken root in the ground like a tree. In the nearly 30 years since the 1st Karabakh War, we believed that much had been done to melt the ice. We never gave up hope of making peace, but later, we were caught in such a storm that the ice got even harder than a crystal.
The 2nd Karabakh War dashed our hopes. Because those who want peace have nothing to say, there is no crowd to address. People on both sides began to fill their eyes with blood, and the hope that up until then we had not lost and held onto fast, we have now left behind.
After the 1st Karabakh War, we grew up with refugees, displaced people, families of martyrs, tent camps for post-war victims all over the country, and traumatic, indelible images and sad scenes.
The children who were expelled from their lands as infants during the war have grown up and received an education, gained a voice in the international arena, but have not forgotten their trauma.
The 2nd Karabakh War took place last year. So much peace-building work was undone, gradually disappearing in 44 days.
This war also brought tears to the eyes of both sides. Who is the winner?
Both sides lost their youth and sacrificed martyrs. As a result of the war, the neighboring hegemons, especially the Russian Federation, Turkey, and other countries arrived as if having been invited to a post-war “dinner”.
But the tears of the mothers of the martyrs have not yet dried up.