Mark Collins – Armenians and an Azerbaijani Diplomat’s Unfortunate Choice of Words

The fellow who wrote the letter below to the Globe and Mail is clearly not aware of the historical resonance of a certain phrase in the English language (scroll down at link):

Azerbaijan’s view

Re Why The Armenian Conflict Should Remain In The Frozen Status Quo (online, April 6): Some 20 per cent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territories – which include not only Nagorno-Karabakh [more here], but also seven adjacent regions that were never populated by Armenians – are currently under the occupation of the Armenian armed forces…

The author’s claim that “any ‘solution’ that sees the return of Nagorno-Karabakh to full Azerbaijani control will see the forced removal – or killing – of roughly 150,000 Armenians” is beyond all reason. Azerbaijan has always held the position that both the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh should co-exist in peace within the Republic of Azerbaijan as part of the final solution [emphasis added]…

Ramil Huseynli, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Azerbaijan in Canada

Super “Oops!” with respect to Armenians.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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