FM: Armenia, only country in world proud of its “terrorist traditions”

By: Sara Rajabova

Hikmat Hajiyev, Azerbaijani foreign ministry spokesman has said Armenian terrorism, including its history and the “modus operandi” (mode of action) has become a subject of study at the international level as a special area of terrorism.

He told Trend on November 17 that namely the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA implemented the most violent and bloody attacks in France, which has now become the object of terrorism.

Hajiyev noted that a bloody attack in the French Orly Airport on July 15, 1983 is a clear proof of this.

The Orly Airport attack was the bombing of a Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Orly Airport in Paris, by the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA as part of its campaign for the recognition of and reparations for the so-called Armenian genocide. The explosion killed eight people and as many as 55 injured.

Hajiyev advised the officials of Armenia, in particular diplomat biologist Shavarsh Kocharyan, to get familiarized with the declassified and special reports regarding investigations of the CIA and the U.S. Department of State about the Armenian terrorism.

He stressed that since the late 80s, Armenian terrorist organizations and intelligence agencies have committed more than 32 terrorist attacks in the transport system and other public facilities in Azerbaijan.

The victims of these attacks were thousands of innocent civilians, Hajiyev emphasized, adding that the investigating authorities have proved that these attacks were implemented by special services of Armenia.

The diplomat also spoke about the Khojaly genocide, which was committed by the Armenian armed forces in early 1990s.

“The Khojaly genocide, committed against innocent people with the participation of ASALA groups Aramo and Arabo, is the most striking example of the fact that Armenia is pursuing a policy of terrorism at the national level,” he added.

In 1992, the town of Khojaly, the second largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intense fire by the Armenian armed forces.

613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 people remains unknown. Civilians were shot at close range, scalped, and burned alive.

Hajiyev further stressed that currently, the terrorist organization ASALA and its sub-groups are fully integrated into the special services of Armenia.

He also reminded that Armenia was the initiator of the subway terrorist attacks in the world, the first of which was carried out by special services of the country in the Baku subway on March 19, 1994.

The civilian attacks in Baku subway was a series of terrorist incidents on March 19 and July 3, 1994. As a result of the first attack, 14 people were killed and 49 wounded. The second attack resulted in murder of 13, while 42 got injured.

Hajiyev went on to say that following that tradition, which was laid by Armenians, ten years later terror acts were carried out in Madrid and London subways.

“Armenia is the only country in the world, which is proud of its “terrorist traditions”,” he said.

Noting the fact that a war criminal “General Dro” (Drastamat Kanayan) and terrorist Monte Melkonian, who are ASALA members, were proclaimed national heroes is a vivid example of this, Hajiyev said that there are even monuments built in Yerevan, dedicated to these people.

He emphasized that Azerbaijan even today encounters Armenia’s terror, carried out on a state level.

The world community appreciates Azerbaijan’s contribution to fighting with international terrorism, Hajiyev said.


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