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    Baku misrepresenting Yerevan as Azerbaijani city - historian

    15:52 - 31.08.13

    The Azerbaijani historians are in active efforts to represent Yerevan
    as a one-time Azerbaijani city to the world, a history professor has
    said, sharing his impressions of a recent conference in Moscow.

    Gevorg Melkonyan, who introduced the Armenian Genocide issue at the
    conference of young scholars from the CIS and Baltic states (Aug
    21-29), told reporters on Saturday that his speech devoted to the
    topic was not surprisingly enough interrupted by any Azerbaijani

    `The Azerbaijani representative spoke about our country. He said the
    Armenians were not indigenous people as they had come from Europe.
    References were made to ancient Greek sources. They later introduced
    Western Armenia as the main homeland of the Armenians, saying that the
    Armenians later came to Eastern Armenia to settle, in quotes, on an
    Azerbaijani territory,' he said.

    As for an Azerbaijani historian's remark that Yerevan used to be an
    Azerbaijani city which the country gave to the Armenians upon the
    latter's request, Melkonyan said the speech provoked a big laughter
    among the participants.

    `Everybody knew about the Urartian history and the ancient Urartian
    culture. Responding to the audience, they said `we have documents
    which are in archive, so come and study them',' Melkonuan remembered.

    Another ridiculous moment, he said, was the historian's speech devoted
    to the History of Ancient Azerbaijani tribes.

    `An acclaimed Russian historian interrupted him and asked to name at
    least a couple of tribes. He gave Iranian tribes' names, to which the
    Russian historian responded, `We don't understand if you are an
    Azerbaijani or an Iranian'. So the speech didn't take place,' he said.

    Melkonyan said further that unlike most of the participants, the
    representatives from the Baltic states believed in the Azerbaijanis'
    stories about the `Khojalu events'.

    `The Azerbaijani propaganda machine worked quite well here, so we have
    to learn lessons from all this. They are almost putting an equal sign
    between the Sumgait events and Khojalu,' he said, noting that the
    Azerbaijani made no single remark about Nagorno-Karabakh at the

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