AN AMBASSADOR WHO WAS SOUNDING THE BATTLE HORN
ARMAN NAVASARDIAN
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

 
 
 
 
 
Even a schoolchild knows that every minister must work in the realm that he has been assigned to. Thus, the minister of education must make sure that students are receiving a good education, the minister of agriculture—that planting and harvesting are done on time, the minister of defense—that the country is protected from enemy incursions. In other words, they each have their own function. 

The mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure peace among the nations. And this noble and humanitarian task to spread peace throughout the globe is carried out by ambassadors. Ambassadors are the most peace-loving people; they preach friendship, reconciliation, and solidarity. And you will hardly ever find an ambassador who will advocate the opposite. An ambassador like that doesn’t exist in any country, time period or system. There hasn’t been an ambassador who would say take up arms against another people, especially your neighbors. And yet, no matter how illogical this may sound, it turns out that there have been a few such cases. For example, the Nazis turned diplomacy into a medium for war preparation. The second example is from more recent times. 

 I am talking about Polad Bülbüloğlu, the current Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia. Meet the ambassador who appears as a herald, instigator, and apologist of war. Without blinking an eye, this "diplomat” offers to solve the problem of Artsakh by means of arms. On August 28, 2010, he stated the following on ANS TV channel: "If anyone thinks that he can sit at home and the army will liberate the conquered lands, he is wrong. The entire country, the entire society, the entire people must stand up, support the president, and liberate our country. There is no other way.” Then on top of the noise from his weapons, he threatened not only the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, but also Armenia, declaring that, "Baku has the military power to wage war.” 

This speech was so unusual, so anti-diplomatic, and cynical, that it provoked an immediate reaction from Moscow. The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Nikolai Bordyuzha stated on RIA Novosti that there is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the conflict. Furthermore, he called Bülbüloğlu’s demarche an official threat to the organization that he was representing. Aleksei Makarkin of Moscow’s Center for Political Technologies in his turn commented, saying, "The ambassador’s declaration is a provocation.” 

We should add, that Polad Bülbüloğlu is not a professional diplomat. He appeared in this field from the concert stage. This, of course, cannot justify his actions, because it would be difficult to find a war instigator even among the worst singers. Perhaps one day the "ambassador’s” portrait will appear in a textbook on diplomacy with the following caption: "A ‘diplomat’ unworthy of his title.”
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