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March 4, 2021

Letter to Nine O’Clock

Hamlet GASPARIAN, Republic of Armenia’s Ambassador to Bucharest:

I regularly follow the articles published by your newspaper on various aspects of life in Romania but also on international events that Nine O’Clock presents and comments mostly from a neutral standpoint. Nevertheless, the March 1-3 issue was a veritable surprise, since it contained a lengthy article signed by Valentina Albu, an article full of inexact facts and data, of unilateral and arbitrary interpretations and conclusions about Armenia and the essence of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. (Referring to Issue 5360/March 1-3, 2012, the “Veni, vidi, vici” article signed by V. Albu, expert of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea).

If it were not for its obviously anti-Armenian orientation this article could have been labeled as an on-order article like you offer all embassies the possibility on national days. Unfortunately however, the main idea of the article whose genre is difficult to determine is the falsifying of Armenian history and the defamation of Armenia in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a conflict that took the lives of tens of thousands of people on both sides, caused devastation and continues to threaten the future of the two peoples but also security in the southern Caucasus and the adjacent regions. It is not part of my mission to campaign against any other country, something that the article involuntary induces. Nevertheless, I have to underscore the factual inaccuracies and biased interpretations of the article signed by Valentina Albu, expert of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. First of all, in my view, any expert that expresses a point of view on any subject should convince his audience of the accuracy and thoroughness of the facts and arguments brought, something that unfortunately cannot be seen in the case of Mrs. Albu’s article.

The whole article presents a single point of view, without resorting to any other side or neutral source. You have to agree that from the point of view of its genre it is simple propaganda, lacking any trace of objectivity, misleading the public opinion. Our mission as diplomats, experts or journalists is not to inflame, to hurt the feelings and dignity of any people, but to invite those interested in this sensitive subject to approach this issue with responsibility and to realize that any hasty phrase lacking discernment pours oil on the flames of intolerance and hostility. 

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