(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 5. Very remarkable
holidays are sometimes marked in different countries of the world,
and these aren't always harmless curiosities, reports.
So, for example, Bolivia, which lost access to the sea as a
result of the Second Pacific War at the end of the 19th century,
keeps its fleet on Titicaca lake and annually marks the Day of the
Sea as a message to everyone (and, above all, to itself) that it
didn't accept the defeat and still expects to retake the lost
However, mono-ethnic Armenia has been celebrating the Day of
National Minorities in recent times. It's clear that this was done
under the influence of a successful information attack by Baku, and
first of all, after the words of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham
Aliyev, who compared mono-ethnic Armenia with a one-color carpet,
drawing the attention of the international community to the
mono-ethnicity of Armenia, surrounded on four sides by poly-ethnic
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Türkiye and Iran, where sometimes residents of
neighboring villages speak different languages.
The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan has even published
a special message on this occasion where he made hypocritical
statements such as 'the national minorities of Armenia, as part of
the family of the peoples of the world, constitute an integral part
of the population of Armenia, enriching Armenia with their original
identity', 'by securing this day in the list of holidays of our
country, we wish to draw public attention to a small but important
part of our country: representatives of different nationalities
living side by side, to their identity, recognition and problem
solving', and others.
They only forgot to indicate whether these national minorities
exist in Armenia.
Of course, to 'depict violent activity', for example, Rimma
Varzhapetyan can be displayed in the media as the head of the
Jewish community, but in reality, Armenia is one of the few
countries where it's impossible in principle to get an education in
a language other than Armenian.
There is a school in Fioletovo village of Armenia where teaching
is conducted in Russian, but this educational institution is under
the patronage of the Russian embassy and teaching there follows the
Russian curriculum. Under frank pressure, Russian classes were
opened, but they only accept children who have at least one parent
who isn't Armenian by nationality.
However, one fact is far more important. Armenia was created on
the lands of the Azerbaijani Iravan Khanate, and before the
Turkmanchay Treaty, signed in the first half of the 19th century,
there was no noticeable Armenian presence there. The resettlement
of Armenians began already on the basis of the Turkmanchay
Nevertheless, even in 1828, taking into account the escape of
tens of thousands of Muslims to Iran and the Ottoman Empire and the
resettlement of 120,000 Armenians from there to Iravan, Karabakh,
and Nakhchivan, the arrival of the Russian army in Iravan with its
convoy, the share of Muslims in the population of the Iravan
Khanate exceeded 70 percent. That is, the Armenians themselves were
a national minority in these lands, but then...
Biologists, or rather, ornithologists, know this well: cuckoos,
barely hatched from eggs thrown by their mother, immediately throw
their native chicks out of the nest. The Armenians who resettled to
the lands of the Iravan Khanate behave in exactly the same way.
First, against the backdrop of resettlement, a massive seizure of
lands that belonged to the indigenous inhabitants, the
In 1918, against the backdrop of the collapse of the Russian
Empire, Armenian nationalists committed mass ethnic cleansing of
Azerbaijanis in Zangazur, and the leader of the Armenian gangs,
Garegin Nzhdeh, who later served the Nazis, called this destruction
of villages as 'liberation'. In the Soviet years, deportations of
Azerbaijanis took place, and after 1988, the indigenous Azerbaijani
population of Armenia was completely expelled from there.
At the same time, there was an 'ethnic cleansing' of toponymy.
On the maps compiled by Russian military topographers, not
Armenian, but only Turkic and Azerbaijani names of rivers,
villages, cities, mountains, and lakes were indicated.
To date, all historical toponymy on the maps of Armenia has been
erased. Istisu became 'Jermuk', the Zanga river - 'Hrazdan', Goycha
lake - 'Sevan' etc.
No less barbaric was the 'ethnic cleansing' of architecture. In
this regard, the destruction of the historical buildings of Iravan
- six of the seven mosques, the Khan's palace, and the Iravan
fortress can be reminded. As a result, Yerevan doesn't have its
historical center, and then the same thing happened in the
Azerbaijani Karabakh during its Armenian occupation. Everyone who
wasn't born an Armenian - Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Greeks, and Russians
- was also expelled from there.
As a result of continuous ethnic cleansing, about one million
people became refugees and internally displaced persons. In
Karabakh, 65 out of 67 mosques, residential buildings, museums,
schools, and cemeteries were destroyed. Armenized names were given
to Azerbaijani cities and villages: Jabrayil became 'Jrakan',
Lachin - 'Berdzor', Fuzuli - 'Varanda' etc.
Armenia, which turned into a xenophobic mono-ethnic 'island'
surrounded by a multi-ethnic South Caucasus, pursued the same
policy in Karabakh, and now the Armenian authorities have decided
to make a kind of 'rebranding' by declaring 'Day of National
Minorities' in their country, but who, besides professional
lobbyists, will buy into this cheap trick?
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