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10/06/2021: Ambassador of the Templar Nation to Armenia Vardan Balayan, « I have seen death and devastation everywhere »
A very touching and personal letter, the one sent by H.E. Vardan Balayan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Templar Nation in Armenia.
A letter in which all the horror of the war that broke out in full pandemic shines through, despite the recommendations of the international community to suspend all war activities.
« In Armenia there was a war with Azerbaijan. During these events, more than 6 thousand Christian Armenians were killed, more than 10 thousand people were mutilated, churches, cities, villages and Christian houses were devastated or razed to the ground – writes the Ambassador -. As a person who was born in a Christian country and raised in a Christian family, I experienced this enormous tragedy in a dramatic way; our Christian land was occupied by Azerbaijani Muslims. They immediately began the destruction and demolition of our churches and the eradication of our faith on the territory that was previously ours. Our lands, our Christian churches, our cemeteries have been vandalized. Our culture, our spiritual values have been destroyed. Personally I have taken part in military operations; I rescued the wounded, the elderly and children from the war zone and collected the bodies of the dead soldiers. Unfortunately, I also suffered a lot of losses on a personal level. The territory occupied by the Azeris, Karabakh, is the land of my direct ancestors, it is the birthplace of my family and my lineage starts from there. My great-grandfather told me how his father, a priest, had been burned together with many citizens in Shusha, in 1920, during the massacre of the Armenian population by Turkish soldiers; I never imagined that exactly 100 years later, in 2020, the same barbarism would occur before my eyes. Despite my efforts, I will never be able to return the churches razed to the ground, return the destroyed culture, return the people who have died to their loved ones, just because they are Christian and Armenian. I will carry this heavy burden on my shoulders forever, but with the Templar Nation I hope to be able to build a better world » – concludes Ambassador Balayan.
In the months of October and November 2020, Azerbaijan, with an unprecedented deployment of men and means, logistically aided by Turkey and jihadist mercenaries, attacked the tiny republic of Artsakh – 150,000 inhabitants – inhabited almost exclusively by Armenians.
During the war, the Azeris committed horrific crimes against both Armenian soldiers and the civilian population.
After six weeks of conflict, also using cluster bombs and phosphorus bombs on inhabited centers, they have wrested a truce from Armenia.
Then, in the occupied territories, they began to destroy everything that had any connection with the Armenian identity, trying to annihilate all forms of Armenian-Christian civilization and culture.
Today, despite the peace “imposed” on Armenia, there is no sign of unblocking the situation along the border between the two countries, particularly in the region of Gegharkunik.
Starting on May 12, hundreds of Azerbaijani soldiers entered the territory of the Republic of Armenia, chased local residents, captured Armenian soldiers and chased others.
It is estimated that in Armenian territory there are about a thousand Azerbaijani soldiers, a silent invasion which the international community is pretending not to see.
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