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AND WE SAID GOODBYE TO EACH OTHER WITH THE EXPECTATION TO MEET AGAIN

David MIKAELYAN

"I am afraid that the Turks will start a brutal war and deport us again …”
In the days of the Artsakh movement, when unprecedented demonstrations and rallies were raging in both Stepanakert and the Armenian capital Yerevan, the people's uprising and the struggle to restore justice and unite with mother Armenia entered a decisive stage, for the purpose of being well aware of the events and for supporting the people, well-known representatives of the intelligentsia often arrived in Artsakh from Armenia: writers, artists, scientists, statesmen, politicians. And, of course, such visits encouraged the activists of the movement, the participants of the demonstrations.
The delegations were usually accompanied by Zori Balayan's team, who was fully acquainted with the details of the process and provided the necessary information about the news being recorded. In this regard, the visit of the famous Armenian poet Silva Kaputikyan to Stepanakert was a surprise for the people of Artsakh. She gently asked them not to deviate from the struggle to "be united". And in the event organized in school N7, named after Yeghishe Charents, which was attended by a group of writers, when one of the students brilliantly recited Kaputikyan's famous work "The Armenian Language", the white-haired poet kissed the young man's forehead with tears of excitement and said, "I am absolutely convinced that they have made a joint decision here, big or small, they have a strong will. And in such a case, Artsakh cannot be defeated. "
When we left the school building, Silva Kaputikyan took a deep look at Yeghishe Charents's sculpture and turned to me. "My heart became more glorious knowing that the school was named after Charents," she said.
Less than a month later, at the suggestion of the President of the Writers' Union Vardan Hakobyan, I went on a business trip to Yerevan to obtain materials for the first issue of the "Artsakh" literary magazine he founded. Silva Kaputikyan's greeting speech was planned in the first issue of the birth magazine "among a group of elders". When I got there, I called in the evening and we agreed on a meeting. She gladly agreed and was happy to learn about Vardan's next undertaking.
The next day, at the scheduled time, I knocked on the door of her apartment in a high-rise building on Baghramyan Street. She opened it and greeted me like a relative, carefully placing the white roses I had chosen in a vase. As much as I tried to persuade that I was in a hurry, that there was a waiter, but I did not succeed. She urged me to sit down. She said, "It is very cold outside, you will be cold." "A cup of tea does not hurt." And with motherly care and kindness she invited me to the table. " Make yourself at home " she said, I made the pastry with my own hands. " I tried it; it was very sweet with hot tea.
Kaputikyan had prepared her speech for Artsakh in advance and passed it on to me with words of blessing and good wishes. Then she became interested in the events in Artsakh. How is the mood of the people? Aren't people disappointed with the pro-Azerbaijani decisions made by Moscow (Kremlin)? And, because Z. Balayan had personally met with Mikael Gorbachev and was well aware of his position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, unfortunately, the conflict is inevitable, and I am afraid that the Turks will start a brutal war.
When we had to say goodbye, “I was going to leave the house, Kaputikyan unexpectedly asked me such a question.”Do you believe in the victory of Artsakh, the Armenian people?" I answered the question with a question. "But aren't we, Armenia and Artsakh, already united? All that remains is to fix that reality with documents." Then, as a convincing fact, I referred to the example of the union of two literary families. Hearing about that, "she became brighter", despite her health condition, she promised to visit Artsakh in the summer. We said goodbye warmly, hoping to meet again in Stepanakert.
Unfortunately, due to illness she could not visit Artsakh, and the great Armenian poetess died in 2006…