Moldovan media post article by Azerbaijani ambassador on January 20 tragedy

Chisinau, January 21, AZERTAC

Moldovan media have published an interview with and an article by Azerbaijani Ambassador Gudsi Osmanov in Romanian and Russian languages on the 32nd anniversary of the 20 January tragedy.

Moldova`s "noi.md", "publika.md", "primelestiri.md" and other news portals noted that the events of January 20, 1990 were a turning point in the establishment of Azerbaijan`s independence.

The article highlights that over the night of 19-20 January 1990, by order of the USSR leadership, 26,000 Soviet troops invaded Baku, Sumgayit and other cities of Azerbaijan. As a result of this military intervention, 147 civilians were killed and 744 were seriously injured.

“Immediately after the tragedy, national leader Heydar Aliyev held a press conference at the Permanent Representation of Azerbaijan in Moscow, strongly condemning this atrocity and demanding a political assessment of the massacre committed against our people and the punishment of the perpetrators.

At a special session of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) in February 1994, the brutal killing of innocent people on 20 January 1990 was qualified as military aggression and a crime. As an outcome of deliberations in March 1994, a decision “On the tragic events committed in Baku on 20 January 1990” was adopted, declaring 20 January the National Mourning Day,” the article says.

Emil Huseynli

Special correspondent

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