The Azerbaijan State News Agency

POLITICS

Western Azerbaijan Community responds to Armenian PM’s statement on demonstrations launched in 1988 in Khankendi

Western Azerbaijan Community responds to Armenian PM’s statement on demonstrations launched in 1988 in Khankendi

Baku, February 20, AZERTAC

“Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan made a statement on the 35th anniversary of the demonstrations that began on February 20, 1988, in the city of Khankendi, Azerbaijan, claiming that the protests had started spontaneously and tried to present them as a human rights issue.

In fact, those demonstrations were prepared well in advance and were part of a systematic plot that served territorial claims against Azerbaijan and racial discrimination against Azerbaijanis,” said the Western Azerbaijan Community as it commented on the statement of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan regarding the 35th anniversary of the demonstrations that began on February 20, 1988, in the city of Khankendi, Azerbaijan.

“Before these demonstrations, Armenia had already made a territorial claim against Azerbaijan and started a total ethnic cleansing by means of violence against the Azerbaijanis living in the Armenian SSR. These processes initiated by Armenia served the creation of a mono-ethnic space and territorial expansion which are contrary to human rights and international law. Through this racist and aggressive approach, Armenia expelled Azerbaijanis from its territory, occupied the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan and expelled all Azerbaijanis from there.

The successful completion of the self-defense operation of the Republic of Azerbaijan against the military attack and occupation by Armenia in 2020 is an important step towards the restoration of justice. It increased the prospects of peace between the two countries. Instead of using this unique opportunity for taking concrete steps for attaining peace, particularly, for enabling the peaceful, dignified and safe return of Azerbaijanis expelled from the territory of Armenia, the statement by Armenian leadership on the occasion of the anniversary of a notorious event which embodies territorial claims and ethnic cleansing is regretful.

It is hypocritical on part of Government of Armenia, which does not allow Azerbaijanis to return and live in their homes, to speculate on the rights of Azerbaijani citizens of Armenian ethnicity living in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

It is an immense injustice that Azerbaijanis expelled from the territory of nowadays Armenia still cannot return to their homes and that the mono-ethnic statehood, ethnic cleansing, and systematic racial discrimination continues in this country. This represents a major obstacle to the establishment of lasting peace.

The Western Azerbaijan Community calls on the Government of Armenia to immediately start negotiations with the Community within the framework of a relevant international process so that the Azerbaijanis it expelled from Armenia can return to their homeland peacefully, in safety, and dignity,” the community said in a statement.

Share news on social media

Follow us on social network

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulated judoka Hidayat Heydarov on winning world championship title

Landmine blast kills one in Azerbaijan’s Tartar district

Azerbaijan hosts inauguration of first Professional Chovgan League

Azerbaijani, Turkish ombudspersons visit Parliament of Northern Cyprus

Afghanistan floods affect over 30,000 since year-start: UN

UN: Azerbaijan’s hosting of COP29 is an important achievement for the country

Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister: We invite our Uzbek colleagues to participate in COP29

Azerbaijan Railways delegation embarks on visit to China

Azerbaijani U13 table tennis players to vie for European medals in Romania

Cuba declares one day of public mourning over Raisi martyrdom

Russia ready to help Iran investigate Raisi’s helicopter crash, Shoigu assures

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Science and Education holds bilateral meetings as part of Education World Forum

Azerbaijan, Tajikistan discuss cooperation opportunities

SCO foreign ministers observe moment of silence over death of Iranian President

AzerGold releases gold coin collection featuring Icherisheher monuments

Central Bank: $80m worth of demand fully covered at FX auction

Schools in Pakistan's Punjab to remain closed for 7 days amid heat wave

® Bakcell CEO met students of the Heydar Aliyev Modern Educational Complex

President Ilham Aliyev visited Embassy of Iran in Azerbaijan, offered his condolences over the death of the Iranian President and other individuals in helicopter crash

President Ilham Aliyev received Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade of Uzbekistan

8 killed in road accident in central Peru

Czech Republic records nearly 15,000 cases of pertussis, 6 die

® Advantegous offers continue for those transferring their loan obligations to Kapital Bank

Defense Ministry: Another tasks fulfilled at EFES - 2024 multinational exercise

Google invests 1 billion euros in Finnish data centre to drive AI growth

UN: Secretary-General is closely following normalization process between Armenia and Azerbaijan  - EXCLUSIVE

U.S. regulator ends prelim review of Tesla's Model X over seat belt issues

® Azerconnect Group actively engaged in Business Forum held within COP29

Azerbaijani oil price surges in global markets

Oil prices fall in global markets

Iranian presidential election to be held on June 28 after deadly helicopter crash

Türkiye to observe day of national mourning for Iran's Raisi

Another Azerbaijani wrestler advances to final of European championships

Azerbaijani, Georgian foreign ministries hold political consultations

Hidayat Heydarov crowned world champion VIDEO

Release of the Press Service of the President

Eruption of Indonesia's Mt Ibu forces seven villages to evacuate

President Ilham Aliyev appoints Shahin Bayramov as rector of Karabakh University

1st Black astronaut candidate waits 60 years to break record as oldest space traveler at 90

bp developing inclusive teaching skills for primary schools in Azerbaijan

Baku hosts inauguration of U23 European Championships 2024

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Science and Education attends Education World Forum in London

Azerbaijani judokas win 6 medals in Malaga

Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Milli Majlis offers condolences to Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran

® Baku Steel Company CJSC signs MoU on mutual cooperation with government agency of Tajikistan

Julian Assange's wife urges United States: Cease deplorable attack on journalism!

Azerbaijan’s Central Bank issues new metal coins into circulation

Azerbaijan, Latvia discuss COP29 preparations

Azerbaijani, Turkish Ombudspersons to visit Lefkosa city

18 dead as pick-up vehicle overturns in Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham

Julian Assange wins High Court victory in case against extradition to US

Comet fragment lights up sky over Spain and Portugal 'like a movie'

“Model OIC – 2024” program focuses on COP29

Smoking kills 6,700 people in Laos annually

Azerbaijan joins international cultural festival in China

Azerbaijan Army holds graduation ceremony of Reserve Officer Training Course VIDEO

Azerbaijani judoka advances to final of 2024 World Championships in UAE

Azerbaijani karate fighters bring home eight medals from Slovenia

China sanctions Boeing, two U.S. defense contractors for Taiwan arms sales

Azerbaijani gymnasts triumph in Maia FIG ACRO World Cup

Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan supports “One China” policy and does not recognize independence of Taiwan

‘Latvia commends Azerbaijan’s peace efforts in the region’

President Ilham Aliyev received delegation led by Speaker of Latvian Saeima VIDEO

Azerbaijan’s artillery units end live-fire tactical exercise, Defense Ministry

Three Azerbaijani wrestlers reach semifinal of European Championship in Baku

Azerbaijan`s Prime Minister extends condolences to Iran`s First Vice President

Tajikistan increased volume of cargo transportation through Middle Corridor by 86 percent in 2024, says minister

Azercosmos, Esri Global ink Memorandum of Understanding

® Kapital Bank's cash loan lottery: winners of first draw revealed and exciting prizes await

Xi expresses condolences over Iranian President Raisi's death

ANAMA: 16 unexploded ordnances neutralized over past week

Putin offers condolences to Iran over Raisi’s death in helicopter crash

Iran’s VP to take over as interim president: Guardian Council

Everyone awaits decision on Assange – Photo reportage in front of the High Court in London VIDEO

Turkish president extends condolences to Iranian people over death of Raisi

Azerbaijani Defense Minister expresses condolences to Iranian side

Pakistan declares day of mourning to honor Iran president

Another 4 Azerbaijani judokas to vie for medals at UAE World Championships

Azerbaijan-Tajikistan business forum gets underway in Baku

Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan offers support and solidarity to brotherly and friendly Islamic Republic of Iran

Baku hosts General Assembly of Turkic Universities Union

To His Excellency Mr. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon

President Ilham Aliyev offers condolences to Iranian Supreme Leader over the death of President of Iran and other accompanying individuals

Latvian parliamentarians pay tribute to National Leader, Azerbaijani heroes

Oil prices rise in global markets

Tokyo, Seoul to resume exchanges between armed forces, suspended after 2018 incident

Manchester City win English Premier League title

To His Holiness Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iranian president, foreign minister officially confirmed dead in helicopter crash: Deputy president VIDEO

President Ilham Aliyev shared a post about emergency landing of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter

Ceremony to commission "Khudafarin" hydroelectric complex and inaugurate "Giz Galasi" hydroelectric complex was held with participation of Azerbaijani and Iranian Presidents VIDEO

Presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran met in the presence of delegations VIDEO

President Ilham Aliyev and President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi met at the Azerbaijan-Iran state border VIDEO

Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi: The most important issue for us is the interests of our countries

President of Iran: We were one of the first countries to explicitly state that Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan

Speaker of Latvian Parliament arrives in Shusha VIDEO

Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi: Iran's relationship with Azerbaijan is more than a relationship with a neighbor

President Ilham Aliyev: Iran-Azerbaijan unity and friendship is unshakable

President of Azerbaijan: I do hope that Armenia contributes to regional cooperation, not damage it, by conducting the right policy VIDEO

President: The interference of non-regional countries in our affairs is unacceptable