“I am proud of that I am azerbaijanian”

Heydar Aliyev
01.08.2018, 15:22

During the bloody events of 1918, along the Azerbaijanis, about 3 thousand Jews were brutally killed

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Taking advantage of the protection of Tsarist Russia, from the late 19th century the Armenian extreme nationalists committed terror acts and massacres in the territories of present-day Turkish Republic and South Caucasus, by brutally murdering thousands of innocent Turks and Azerbaijanis, devastating many settlements, ruining ancient cultural monuments, cemeteries, trying to annihilate all signs of Turkic existence in the region.

Many innocent civilians were subjected to brutalities in Erivan and Zengezur (modern-day Armenian Republic), Tiflis, Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Shamakhi, Guba, Lenkeran, Karabakh, Mughan in 1905-1907, later in 1918-1920, in Eastern Anatolia, including Erzurum, Kars, Erdehan, Adana during the First World War. In March 1918, over 30,000 Azerbaijanis fell victims of genocide only in Baku.

It is worth noting that along the Azerbaijanis almost 3,000 Jews were brutally killed by Armenian gangs in Ganja, Oguz, Guba and other regions of Azerbaijan during the bloody events of 1918.

The impunity of the criminal acts of Armenian chauvinist and missing relevant political-juridical evaluation led to hostile policy towards our country during the Soviet time. With support of the Soviet leadership, the authorities of the Armenian SSR achieved the deportation of almost half a million Azerbaijanis from Armenia in 1948-1953, later in 1988-1989. During the violent actions hundreds of Azerbaijanis were killed because of their national identity.

As a result of Armenia`s occupational war and ethnic cleansing policy launched in 1988 and aimed at annexing Nagorno-Karabakh, which is an integral part of Azerbaijan,

20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory was occupied, more than 1 million Azerbaijanis displaced, over 18,000 Azerbaijanis murdered, more than 20,000 civilians wounded, over 50,000 disabled, more than 4,000 people became POWs or MIAs, 877 cities, villages, settlements robbed, ruined and destroyed.

The Armenian nationalists committed atrocious crimes against the Azerbaijani population during the war of aggression. During the occupation of 15 Azerbaijani-inhabited villages of Nagorno-Karabakh, part of their residents of was killed based on an aforethought plan and with a special cruelty.

On the night from 25th to 26th of February 1992, the armed troops of the Armenian Republic and the Armenian terrorist groups in Nagorno-Karabakh, supported by the 366th Motor Rifle Regiment of the former Soviet Union, which mainly consisted if Armenians, attacked the city of Khojaly populated by Azerbaijanis and committed a genocide, one of the most brutal acts in world history.  The city of Khojaly was completely burnt and destroyed, the civilian population was subjected to an unprecedented ethnic violence; 613 Azerbaijanis, including 63 children and 106 women were savagely killed, 487 people became disabled, 1,275 civilians – seniors, children, women were taken prisoner and became subject to unthinkable humiliation, cruelty and offence.

Those, who tried to escape from the siege, were later trapped and mercilessly killed by the Armenians in the forests. The Armenian soldiers peeled the skins off their victims, cut off the limbs, tore out the eyes of babies, notched out the abdomens of pregnant women with bayonets, buried or burned people alive.

The character and scale of the bloody crimes committed in the city of Khojaly and other settlements of Azerbaijani people completely fit to the definition of the Convention of “Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” adopted with the Resolution 260 (III) dated the 9th of December, 1948 by the UN General Assembly. The planned and deliberated violent acts of massive murders were aimed at murdering the local people based on their ethnicity. The habitants of the other occupied villages and cities saved their lives only by escaping prior to occupation.

Azerbaijan has become a target of the Armenian terrorism. Since Armenia launched its aggression, the Armenian terrorist organizations have committed 32 terror acts against Azerbaijan. As a result of the acts, over 2,000 Azerbaijani citizens were killed, tens of thousands wounded.

To pay tribute to all victims of the Armenian atrocities against Azerbaijanis, the 31st of March is marked as the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijani people. The National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan adopted a number of relevant statements and documents, asked foreign government and parliaments to recognize genocidal crimes committed by the Armenian nationalists against Azerbaijanis in the 19-20th centuries, to complete setting effective international legal mechanisms to prevent the impunity of such crimes in the future, to help to solve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in a peaceful way for to avoid new genocides against the Azerbaijanis in the future…


From the Statement by the National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan (13/10/2006).