Artsakh Republic NA President Artur Tovmasyan's Message on the 30th Anniversary of the Independence Referendum, Fundamental Human Rights and Constitution Day
10 December 2021

30 years ago, on this day, December 10, 1991, just days before the formal collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic fixed by referendum and realized its right to an independent state. The day was not chosen by chance, it was symbolic, because that day is also celebrated as International Human Rights Day.

In the history of the multifaceted struggle of the Armenian of Artsakh for independence, with the Referendum on Independence, new levels of power have been established, democratization has been achieved, national liberation struggles have taken place, and legitimate and high levels of power development have taken place.

The 1991 Independence Referendum, as well as the main law of our country - the Constitution adopted in 2006, once again confirmed that the people of Artsakh are determined to defend the will and interests for a free life, to defend them in accordance with the norms and standards of international law.

Artsakh, which declared independence in 1991, went through a forced war, overcoming many difficulties and trials. In 1992-94, during the Artsakh war, the Armenian nation having showed the strength of its unity, was able to stop the enemy's aggression, and liberated most of the Armenian territories.

With the April 2016 war, Azerbaijan once again openly demonstrated its inhumane, anti-Armenian goals aimed at the annihilation of the Armenians of Artsakh.

The Azerbaijani authorities have always refused to resolve the issue politically.

And with the bloody war unleashed in the autumn of 2020, the Azeri insidious and barbaric propaganda machine and government tools, with direct participation of Turkey and terrorist groups, tried to complete the genocidal, old program of annihilation of the native Armenians of Artsakh.

But today, though scissored off and torn, we still have a small part of the Artsakh homeland, thanks to the brave sons of our nation.

Today, when the statehood of Artsakh is under threat, the issue of self-determination of the Republic of Artsakh is put on a par with the final settlement of the conflict.

Azerbaijani ambitions towards our historical homeland are again devoid of historical and moral grounds because Artsakh has never been and can never be a part of Azerbaijan.

The path we have chosen today is irreversible, since it is fair and consecrated with the blood of our perished heroes. We are obliged to strengthen our statehood day by day, develop the economy, and improve the living conditions of people.

Today, the efforts and goals of all Armenians should be aimed at strengthening security and peace in the Motherland, Artsakh and Armenia, at ensuring the well-being of our people.

Peace to our Motherland, strong will, patience and well-being to our heroic people.