(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 7. The research on
“Destruction of the heritage and erasure of historical legacy of
Azerbaijani people in Armenia: The fate of Tapabashi neighborhood –
the last remnant of the Azerbaijani national cultural and
historical heritage in the city of Irevan” prepared to expose the
crimes committed by Armenia to destroy Azerbaijani people's
national and cultural heritage, is a very important project,
Executive Director of the Institute of History named after A.
Bakikhanov, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Jabi
Bahramov told Trend .
According to Bahramov, in 1918, without the consent of the
Azerbaijani people and without a referendum, territories of 9,000
square kilometers in Yerevan and its environs were ceded to
After the occupation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic by
Soviet Russia in 1920, Azerbaijani lands were put up for auction,
and the territories of 20.8 square kilometers included in it were
transferred to the Armenian SSR, which is one of the most serious
crimes committed against the Azerbaijani people, he said.
According to the expert, all traces of the Azerbaijani heritage
were erased from the above territories.
'This is real fascism. We have the right to raise this issue at
the level of international law, both legally and historically, and
I'm very glad that President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is taking
very important steps in this direction,” Bahramov noted.
“The ancient city of Irevan is about 520 years old. It was
founded by Revan Gulu Khan by the order of the Safavid state's
founder Shah Ismail Khatai,” he further said.“The studies showed
that in these territories, transferred [to Armenia] in 1918, no
traces associated with Azerbaijan have been found, except for the
Tapabashi neighborhood, most part of which was destroyed.
Therefore, many representatives of our intelligentsia sent an
appeal to UNESCO.”
“The duty of UNESCO and other international organizations is to
restore justice and stop the crime that is being committed. On the
territory of Azerbaijan, 62 mosques were destroyed [by Armenia
during the occupation from the 1990s to 2020], but why are these
organizations silent?” the expert pointed out.“We are determined
to stand up for our rights and we are doing it. Research is being
carried out on all Azerbaijani lands vandalized by Armenia.”
“Work is underway in this direction, and the international
community will be informed about it if it gives a legal assessment
of what is happening. Every inch of historical Azerbaijani lands is
dear to us,” he also noted.
“The crimes committed against Azerbaijanis have no analogy in
the world. Armenia committed crimes to wipe out our traces and
heritage, but we'll prevent this,” concluded Bahramov.
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