13:56 27.02.2014

Lusine Avanesyan
Public Radio of Armenia

The factions and groups of the National Assembly of the Nagorno
Karabakh Republic adopted a joint statement on the 26th anniversary of
Armenian massacres in the Azerbaijani city of Sumgayit. The statement
notes that the decision of the Regional Council of People's Deputies
of February 20, 1988, was a "justified legal step targeted at restoring
justice, which derived from the spirit of the policy of reconstruction
that started in the USSR from 1985."

On February 20, 1988, the People's Deputies made a decision at
extraordinary session of the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Republic
Council to appeal to the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijani SSR for
secession, to the Supreme Soviet of Armenian SSR for unification, and
to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to approve this act based upon the
existing legal norms and the precedence of resolving similar disputes
in the USSR.

"In response to the righteous aspirations of the Artsakh Armenians,
the Azerbaijani authorities organized and perpetrated the severe
massacre and deportation of the Armenian population of Sumgayit from
February 27 to 29," the statement reads.

Condemning the Sumgayit crimes, the political forces represented in the
NKR National Assembly draw the attention of the international community
to the ongoing anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijan, which hinders the
efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship to establish lasting
peace in the region.

From: Baghdasarian