There, Gorbachev interrupts the speech of academician Ambartsumyan with what seemed like a fair question: “Tell us, what was the Azerbaijani population in Yerevan at the start of the century?”
The academician got confused.
Ambartsumyan: In Yerevan in the early century?
Ambartsumyan: It is hard for me to tell.
Gorbachev: You must know it. I will remind you, 43% were Azerbaijanis in Yerevan in the early century. What is the percentage of Azerbaijanis today?
Ambartsumyan: Very few now. Maybe one percent.
Gorbachev: At the same time, I do not want to accuse Armenians of driving out Azerbaijanis…
And this is his “counterview” with writer V. Petrosyan.
Gorbachev: And another question for you. In your speech and other speeches, appears an idea that the problems of Nagorno-Karabakh could be solved by ceding it to Armenia. Tell me, is there any other way available?
Petrosyan: Mikhail Sergeyevich, I do not see one.
Gorbachev: Let’s say we did make the decision you offer. I am speaking figuratively. But 400,000 Armenians remain in Azerbaijan, 207,000 of them in Baku. 500,000 Armenians live in Georgia. What do we do with them? Should we send them to Armenia?
Petrosyan: That is a different story…
So 25 years after the disintegration of the USSR, should we be supporting the maps being withdrawn again??