Like Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been busy arguing, talking, and much, much more as they wait for the first civilian flight in 20 years to land in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. And now, as in the case of Godot, it looks like their wait might continue “indefinitely.”
Plans to reopen the territory’s lone airport, located just outside the Karabakh capital, Stepanakert, have been postponed from May 9 -- a reported, but never officially confirmed date -- until at least mid-summer, according to the breakaway region’s de facto leadership.
“The problem is not political, but, rather, organizational,” stressed David Babaian, spokesperson for Karabakh’s de facto president, Bako Sahakian. “Nobody had named a specific date. The opening was scheduled for May, not specifically on May 9. We do not care much about the day or the month. What is important is that the airport is safe and meets the relevant construction standards.”
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.