One story, two narratives: the spiral of violence in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict

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Back last week, we interviewed Peter Gardalits, who had settled in the same Caucasian country seven years ago and then started the family. In our article, we published a call to address our readers who know the other side of the Armenian-Azerbaijani war: this is how László Borbély, an Armenian of Hungarian descent, visited the Index Dájbuka.

According to him, Gardalits’ words cannot be considered an individual manifestation of what he said, Azerbaijani propaganda. After also talking to our reader in Yerevan, we visited Gardalits again and through him we reached the Turkish Tima, who had been living in Azerbaijan for twenty years. From the conversations with the Hungarians living in the conflict zone, a history of insoluble hatred deeply rooted in the two cultures emerged.

Dájbuka, on the other hand, pointed out that since the outbreak of the war on September 27, Internet access has been restricted in Azerbaijan, so only the local news is informed by local news. Gardalits and Turk also confirmed this in our conversation.

Dájbuka defines the Armenian identity in cultivating language, culture and traditions, and in enriching historical knowledge, which he became aware of in his teenage years. His words showed that he was proud of his origins, the culture of his people, and his millennial history. He also deals with this in his work: he is a researcher of the archives of ancient and medieval documents in Yerevan.

Gardalits inspire the Azeri people, describing them as a hearty, inclusive and friendly people, among whom they found a home, an extended family. Turk notes, the culture is significantly different from the Europeans, family ties are much closer, more extensive. Everyone needs to be answered, but they can count on each other and feel each other’s joy and sorrow. In our conversation, Turkey is always sensitive when it comes to civilian casualties and the loss of Azeri families. According to them, this also contributes to this: official Azerbaijani community sites have been flooded with stories of atrocities attributed to Armenians in the current war and in the war of the 1990s.

And Armenians are like anyone else.

– he formulates Dájbuka. One of the pillars of Armenian identity is that the history of their people dates back thousands of years, as is the fact that there are few in the world. There are about 10-12 million people living in the diaspora, a total of three million in Armenia and the disputed areas.

That is why the Armenians hold together. Of the 400,000-square-kilometer, historic Armenia, which, according to Dájbuka, essentially covers half of Turkey, only 40,000 square kilometers remain.

The Azeris trace their grievances against Armenians to the war of the 1990s, which involved mutual ethnic cleansing, one million refugees and tens of thousands of dead.

The words of Galdarits and Turk reveal:

They lost about 20 percent of their internationally recognized territories, from which hundreds of thousands were forced to flee. The rightful owners of the then abandoned villages and houses still live in Azerbaijan, only Armenians are currently living in the properties.

– So Turkish.

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