ABOUT GEVORG EMIN'S                        FORCED DIALOGUE

On January 16 and 17, 1991, newspaper "the Voice of Armenia" published an article by Armenian poet Gevorg Emin. A representative of the nation that is forced, as the author of the article writes, to "come down from the heights of its civilized thinking", the nation that, as it now appears, talked yet at the dawn of the history with the very Herodotus, Xenophont, Plutarch, Joseph Flavius and Strabon now once again tries to refute the already proven, let's thank the God, truth about Nagorno Karabakh or, as they call it, Artsakh. For this reason, the author enters a dialogue he calls a forced one with a "Military-Historical Journal". One of the Journal's publications made him deeply "anxious", angered him. In the same dialogue, the poet did not fail to recall Azerbaijani academician Z. M. Buniyatov. We're aware of the academician's attitude to old problems once again raised in the article. Nevertheless, a reporter of the Azerbaijani News Agency Azerinform asked Ziya Musayevich to once again return to these problems in connection with the publication by the "Voice of Armenia", and tell to what extent the reported facts correspond to the historical truth. Below is given the text of academician Buniyatov's answer: "Having read this "forced dialogue", I realized that he began speaking, at last, for I had been concerned over why the poet had been keeping silence until lately. As for a "roundtable" with the participation of Herodotus and others, don't you, Karen Grigoryevich keep a shameful silence about a conversation with baron Munchausen as well. It really was, was not it? So, given that it was, let it be known about to not only aboriginals, descendants of forefather Noah, a monument of whom "an autochthonous tribe" is going to erect at Yerevan's Kilikiy hill. Are you asking about dialogue? Believe me, no one - either the journal or furthermore me - forced the author to this conversation. It was all known in beforehand what another Armenian "seeker of truth" would be claiming. Thus, this dialogue plays the old song that "Artsakh is the very Armenia, its inseparable part, which is reflected on a Neuron-era marble map in Rome, at a wall near to the Coliseum." First, no marble map exists in the world; frankly speaking, there is a carpet map of "Great Armenia" but it was woven only the day before yesterday and attached only to the wall of the Echmiadzin church. Second, in polemizing with a journalist, it'd be inappropriate for a person who is not aware well of the very history to go deep into the history. I wonder, who forced such a respectable, as he appears, person to play such an unattractive role of a falsifier? It is a wish to write poet Gevorg down in a list of willful composers like my colleague Paruyr Ayrikyan and the rest pseudo-scientific congregation whose members spend days and nights to develop groundless conceptions, then begin trusting these concoctions themselves, and finally demand from all those surrounding them to trust them as well. In propagating the evident lie that Armenians were the first in the world, in 301, i.e. 12 years earlier than Byzantine to have officially accepted Christianity as the state religion, the author committed a rough attack, inappropriate for a man who pretends to be an intellectual, against some leaders of Azerbaijan. In calling their names, he mockingly stresses that even they are aware of the fact of supremacy of Armenian Christianity. However, the very poet and his associates must know that accepting Christianity first in 313 were Albanians, who were followed by Georgians and then Byzantines. Armenians christened 270 years later after the Albanians. So, now count, for how many years it'll become necessary to postpone the celebration of the Armenian Church's 1,700-year anniversary, for which the poet's compatriots are preparing right now. By the way, they can do all. They invented, for instance, the 2,750-year anniversary of Yerevan, though even a pupil knows that as a settlement, Yerevan - initially the capital of the Azerbaijani khanate - emerged in the 16th century AD. And when President Gorbachev, who the author of the article in the "Voice of Armenia" refers to, noted that in the Transcaucasia there are nations who had accepted Christianity much earlier than Russia did, he naturally meant Albanians and Georgians, not at all Armenians. Or let's consider assertion that "Armenian Christianity (it appears that such exists as well) - the oldest in the world - is not only the very right (it is interesting to know in what sense?) but also the very Apostolic..." However, the author of the article and all the rest "patriots" perfectly know that Apostolic church in the Caucasus was the Albanian Church. Suffice it to recall a letter of Armenian Catholicos Abraham addressing the Albanians: "Albanian throne that existed earlier than our Armenian one did, etc." The Armenian Church was Gregorian, but Gregory was known as a pupil of Apostle Eliseum. So how did the Armenian Church become Apostolic given that Gregory was not an Apostle?" Every thesis in Gevorg Emin's article is lie. It is known that the Armenian state, as an independent political unit, ceased to exist in 387 AD. This is written on page 96 of the History of Armenian Nation published in Yerevan in 1980. The same book reads that the statehood of Armenia was restored only in 1921. Let's assume that Artsakh was a part of Armenia before 387, but how could it join its composition later given that no very Armenia existed after this date? There is no history of Armenia, there is a history of Armenian people; any claims for Artsakh and a certain Getashen sub￾region are thus a pure concoction, with those claiming for world domination to be remorseful for this. Everything was like at a countess from "Queen of Spades" but prior to 387. As for present-day claims, let them read Sergey Glinka: "Description of resettlement of Azerbaijani Armenians within Russia's boundaries" (Moscow, 1831, edition of the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages). So neither Karlen Grigoryevich (he is Gevorg Emin himself) nor Balayan nor anyone else can do anything with Artsakh. But let's even consider that we've been living here since yesterday. This nevertheless is our land, our homeland and here residing together with us are, say, Artsakh residents as well. God with them, let them live here like they did before, for no one but Dadamyan, Manucharyan and other swindlers who escaped the bench had extracted juice from Artsakh residents. We are bored with this Balayan's whimpering; however, Karlen Grigoryevich is truly not to howl for him. People use to say: "If you cannot distinguish Sun from Moon, you don't have to burden your shoulders with extreme weight!" And the last thing, I'd like to ask the very Gevorg Emin whether he knows where an obelisk erected in 1979 in village Maraga of the Mardakert region to commemorate the 150th anniversary of resettlement of the first 200 Armenian families from Iran's Maraga to Karabakh is now? And what should we do with an "Order of Friendship of Nations" the NKAR was assigned to commemorate this event?