ArmInfo. The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) will revise its course of action within the framework of a "tactical pause", developing a new strategy of rational action based on the current geopolitical realities, which must correspond to the mission of protecting Armenia. This is stated in the statement of the organization, which was received by ArmInfo the day before, referring to the text published on the ardarutyun.am Internet resource on January 20.
As stated in the Organization's statement, "the defeat of the Armenian side in the last war unleashed by the Turkish-Azerbaijani hostile alliance against the republics of Armenia and Artsakh was the last link and the logical end of the chain of failures that began with the restoration of the country's independence."
The statement stresses, in particular: "The defeat of Armenia continues to this day. It can be said unequivocally that we lost the war in advance. We lost, because for thirty years we have destroyed education, trampled on science, distorted culture, distorted values, plundered national wealth and, most importantly, despised and humiliated the Armenian person, the most important unit for building a worthy, strong state. Left to their own devices, people will not turn into a nation, at best they will become an invertebrate crowd that is easy to manipulate>.
The statement also notes that the country ignored the principles of : "not humiliating a person", "not neglecting values", "no one is above the law" and "not to miss the moment and opportunity", which are important for state building. "The current situation undoubtedly proves that the regime that took over the leadership of the Republic of Armenia at this historical stage, along with its enormous responsibility for the outcome of the war, should receive a political and legal assessment. In fact, we gave our land at the disposal of another power," the statement says.
According to ASALA, this reality discredits the reputation of the Republic of Armenia at the international and regional levels, humiliates statehood, despite the fact that this foreign power is often called a strategic ally. ASALA considers this position is justified by the fact that the Republic of Armenia has actually abandoned its obligations to guarantee the security of the Republic of Artsakh and its people, and demonstrates a criminal inaction in ensuring the inviolability and reliable protection of the internationally recognized borders of Armenia. "In this case, the Republic of Armenia voluntarily or forcibly refuses or terminates its mission and obligation to be the defender of pan-Armenian desires, goals and interests," the statement said.
As the statement says, "ASALA agreed with the restoration of Armenia's independence, giving priority to state building, ensuring national and state security, as well as the smooth and safe implementation of the process of strengthening the state, understanding the huge role of Armenia. Therefore, it has took a "tactical pause" in its activities in the national liberation armed struggle. ASALA hoped that a strong Armenia with its strong statehood would become the main and irreplaceable stronghold and guarantee for the protection of the common Armenian interests. "Accordingly, at the present time, with the decrease in the sovereignty of the Republic of Armenia, ASALA should reconsider its behavior within the framework of a tactical pause, developing a new strategy of reasonable actions based on the current geopolitical realities, which must correspond to the mission of protecting Armenia," the statement said.
To note, the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia in open sources is considered an Armenian militarized organization that existed since 1975 and, as it was believed earlier, until the early 1990s. In some sources, it is called a terrorist organization, in others - a partisan or simply an armed organization. ASALA was founded in 1975 in Lebanon by people from Armenian families who survived the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey. According to scientists who have studied the scientific "quintessence of ASALA", in their activities, the members of the group adhered to a strategy of individual terror directed against the officials of Turkey and the allied countries supporting the political course of Turkey. The group also carried out terrorist attacks on the territory of countries that held ASALA members in custody. The participants called the elimination of "Turkish colonialism", American imperialism, Zionism and the unification of their historical territories lost by the Armenian people as a result of the Genocide of 1915, which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians, as their goal.