Before I get to the long post on the peace process, I want to add one more thing to the previous post on the people of Artsakh.
In the late 1980s the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh wanted to unify with Armenia. Armenia was in favor of unification at that time and likely secretly is now as well, but Armenia won’t say so because of international pressure. By the time heavy fighting began, Nagorno-Karabakh had seceded from Azerbaijan and declared itself a sovereign state. As everyone knows you need a flag to go to war and Nagorno-Karabakh was no exception. While not the first flag used, eventually the proto-government decided on this.
I’ll save you a googling and include Armenia’s flag as well.
The white line on the side of the flag of NK/Artsakh represents a chain, the last chain binding the people of Artsakh from their motherland. Undoubtedly views have changed in the last 20 years but the flag hasn’t. How much that signifies the desire of the people of Artsakh to unify with Armenia is unknown.