Sunday, January 01, 2006

Nagorno Karabakh: The reality of a non-existing country

Back in October (2005), I had a meeting in Stepanagert with a young man from Holland named Hein Tolboom. He was working with a human rights organization, participating in a project sponcered by Dutch peace-building organisation called IKV.

Our meeting was at an outdoor café near the main govenrment building (where the Prime Minister sits) over many cups of hot tea and visits to the WC. We talked for about 3 hours in the cold at a meeting I don’t regret, since I learned many thing from Hein about life on the other side of the boarder (in Azerbaijan) and was able to share with him my obersvations of present day Artsakh, which obviously echoed what he had personally observed for himself during his visit in Artsakh.

On December 9, 2005, Hein published an essay on his findings in Artsakh and all I can say is that it is very accurate and reflects the reality of life here.

You can find the English version of Hein’s essay over on Myethe’s “Life as I see it.”

Enjoy reading the obersavations of a non-Armenian, one of the first that seems to be intersted in reporting accuratly the truth of what they saw with their own eyes here in Artsakh.

A big thankyou goes out to Hein for a well written, easy to comprahend essay. May all your essays refelct the truth as this one did.

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