Nagorno-Karabakh’s Azerbaijani community issues statement on March 31 Genocide

Baku: The Public Union “Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh” has issued a statement on March 31 – Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

According to the statement, the past two centuries are a period of Azerbaijan’s history that was rife with tragedies and bloody events as a result of policies of ethnic cleansing, genocide and aggression purposefully carried out by Armenian nationalists against the Azerbaijani people. The core ambition of this nationalist policy was to create a delusive “Greater Armenia” state in ancient Azerbaijani territories by forcing the local population to flee their lands.

“The fact that proves this criminal policy is continuous is that in the twentieth century alone the Azerbaijanis faced acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing carried out by Armenian nationalists 4 times – in 1905-07, 1918-20, 1948-53, and 1988-93. In the twentieth century, acts of genocide were committed against the Azerbaijanis with special brutality in Baku, Shamakhi, Guba provinces, Karabakh, Zangazur, Nakhchivan and Lankaran regions.

The most horrible crimes committed by Armenians against the Azerbaijani people from 31 March to 2 April 1918 are the acts of genocide. Thus, in those days, 12 thousand of civilians were killed in Baku. In April-May 1918, about 30 thousand of Azerbaijanis were massacred in Baku and surrounding districts.

Moreover, 10 thousand of Azerbaijanis were brutally murdered in Zangazur, 8 thousand in Shamakhi, 16 thousand in Guba regions and 132 thousand in Irevan province. Hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan, including 157 villages of Karabakh, inhabited by the Azerbaijani people, were destroyed, and horrible massacres were committed in Shusha city.

Unfortunately, Armenia has been carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide for many years before the eyes of the international community. However, genocide, which is regarded as the most serious international crime, poses a threat to peace and stability worldwide. The crime of genocide is defined in international law by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by Resolution 260 (III) of the UN General Assembly dated December 9, 1948. For this reason, to prevent the aggressor, which constitutes a menace to modern international relations, the world’s largest countries must take practical and resolute steps relevant to Chapter VII of the UN Charter and force Armenia to obey the will of the international community. More than 75 thousand of Azerbaijanis from the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan call on the international community to support the fair position of Azerbaijan and give an objective political-legal assessment to the ongoing Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan,” noted the statement.

The statement was adopted at the meeting of the Public Union “Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan” dedicated to the anniversary of March 31 – Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency