CONGRESS OF AZERBAIJANIS IN ISRAEL CALLS ON ISRAELI LEADERSHIP TO REFRAIN FROM DISCUSSION OF SO-CALLED "ARMENIAN GENOCIDE"

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April 1 2008
Azerbaijan

The Congress of Azerbaijanis in Israel addressed Israeli President
Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Knesset Speaker Dali
Itsik in connection with discussions of so-called "Armenian genocide"
in the Knesset commission.

Representation of the World Azerbaijanis' Congress in Azerbaijan told
APA that the Congress of Azerbaijanis in Israel said the discussions
of so-called "Armenian genocide" at the Parliament would damage the
Israeli image in the international arena.

"Historical cases showed that these were Azerbaijanis and Turks,
not Armenians, who suffered from the genocide during the World War I.

Armenians pursued the aggressive policy against Azerbaijanis for many
times and killed tens of thousand of peaceful and innocent peoples".

It was also emphasized in the address that Jewish people who resided
in Guba Region of Azerbaijan were the victims of Armenians as well.

"Armenians occupying 20 per cent of Azerbaijan's territories and
continuing the ethnic cleansing policy committed the genocide act
in Khojali on February 26, 1992. They brutally killed thousands of
women, children and old peoples, but Armenian lobby abroad conceal the
realities and deliver misleading information to the world community,
trying to introduce themselves as a victim of genocide".

Leader of Israel leftist party Merets Haim Oro was able to bring the
so-called "Armenian genocide" issue for discussions at the Knesset
commission on education and culture on March 26.