01.02.2010 17:52 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ A report on refugees was made at the PACE
meeting, which was followed by a "special" opinion of a delegate
from Azerbaijan, who distorted facts, Naira Zohrabyan , member of
the Armenian delegation to PACE told reporters. According to her,
in response to the opinion voiced by the Azerbaijani delegation
that Baku allegedly has a million refugees, the Armenian delegation
insisted, it is not true, besides the majority of refugees from
Yerevan received appropriate compensation in contrary to Armenian
refugees. Armenian delegation to PACE presented materials on Baku
pogroms to all delegates of the Assembly. "Usual Genocide: Baku,
January 1990" and "Vandals of the 21st century" films were among
the materials submitted. "I personally handed the materials to the
Azerbaijani delegation," Zohrabyan said.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which held
its first session in Strasbourg on 10 August 1949, can be considered
the oldest international parliamentary assembly with a pluralistic
composition of democratically elected members of parliament established
on the basis of an intergovernmental treaty. The Assembly is one of
the two statutory organs of the Council of Europe, which is composed of
the Committee of Ministers (the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, meeting
usually at the level of their deputies) and the Assembly representing
the political forces (majority and opposition) in its member states.

In January 1990, Azerbaijani authorities instigated the Armenian
pogroms in Baku. Some 400 Armenians were killed and 200 thousand
were exiled in the period of January 13-19. The exact number of those
killed was never determined, as no investigation was carried out into
the crimes.

On January 13, a crowd numbering 50 thousand people divided into
groups and started "cleaning" the city of Armenians. On January 17,
the European Parliament called on EU Council of Foreign Ministers
and European Council to protect Armenians and render assistance to
Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. On January 18, a group of U.S. Senators
sent a letter to Mikhail Gorbachev to express concerns over the
violence against the Armenian population in Azerbaijan and called
for unification of Nagorno Karabakh with Armenia.