Friday, September 29, 2006


Dear fellow Armenians,

As you read these lines the Armenians in the liberated region of Kashatagh (Lachin) desperately need our immediate help.

After the war in Nagorno-Karabakh came to an end, local officials in Armenia and Artsakh called for Armenians to move to Kashatagh and made promises of aid and assistance to all those who heeded the call. Today those promises have not been kept.

As a result, living conditions in Kashatagh are bad and getting worse. Armenians who moved into the region are now leaving. If the situation persists, this strategically vital corridor that links Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh will be emptied of any meaningful Armenian presence.

Armenians in the diaspora cannot remain silent when faced with this unfortunate reality. We need to forcefully voice our concerns and demand an adequate degree of accountability from those responsible for this sorry state of affairs.

The word must be spread far and wide that all concerned Armenians will no longer tolerate “business as usual” when it comes to assisting our compatriots in Kashatagh and Artsakh. They feel neglected and betrayed by their local officials. We must show them that they do not stand alone.

To publicize the gravity of the situation we have created a new website:

It includes pertinent background information regarding Kashatagh and links to current news sources covering the region.

More importantly, we have posted an on-line petition in the website addressed to the presidents of both the Republic of Armenian and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. The petition calls on these officials to immediately take all possible measures to rectify the problems faced by the Armenians in Kashatagh.

We ask that you circulate news of this new website in order that we collect as many petition signatures as possible.

Collectively, we can make a difference in the lives of the residents of Kashatagh.


Coalition In Support Of Kashatagh

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