(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 14. Armenian Prime
Minister Nikol Pashinyan, speaking about the right to return of
Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia at his press conference, showed
an unconstructive position that is contrary to fundamental human
rights, Chairman of the Western Azerbaijan Community Aziz Alakbarli
told reporters, trend reports.
'The prime minister's attempt to refute the fact of the
expulsion of Azerbaijanis from Armenia is of particular regret.
He's well aware that in 1988 the Armenian government expelled
hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis on the basis of ethnic
discrimination, using physical violence and depriving them of
education, medical and social services,” Alakbarli said.
According to him, the fact that the vast majority of these
people fled within a very short period of time (November 24 -
December 5, 1988) testifies to the degree of systematic
organization of this crime.
“The expulsion of Azerbaijanis from Armenia is a crime against
humanity. We would like to emphasize to the prime minister that the
denial of a crime against humanity is a continuation of this
crime,” the community's head noted.
Moreover, the fact that the prime minister considers the right
of the expelled Azerbaijanis to return solely in the context of the
territory speaks volumes, Alakbarli further said.
“According to the head of the government of Armenia, the compact
residence of an ethnic group is understood only as a territory.
Such thinking explains why Armenia has become a mono-ethnic
territory. This also explains the territorial claims of Armenia and
the occupation policy towards Azerbaijan,” he pointed out.
The return of Azerbaijanis to native homes in accordance with
the international mechanisms of guarantees and verifications is
their inalienable and fundamental right, the head of the community
“Our right of return is not a topic for discussion. As a
Community, we would like to realize our right to a peaceful return
through dialogue. We once again call on the prime minister to
respect the rule of human rights and stop obstructing our return,'
Previously, the Western Azerbaijan Community sent a letter to
Pashinyan, calling on him to start a dialogue on the issue of
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