HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND HISTORIANS PROTEST AGAINST INITIATIVE ON DISCUSSION OF SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN U.S. CONGRESS

APA
March 2 2010
Azerbaijan

Baku. Elnur Mammadli - APA. Azerbaijani human rights defenders and
historians held a roundtable protesting against the initiative on
discussion of the so-called Armenian genocide in the U.S. Congress,
APA reports. Researcher Nasiman Yagublu said the wish to discuss the
so-called Armenian genocide in the Congress predicts double standards.

Demonstrating some documents Yagublu said Armenians had come to
Karabakh, even during the Soviet times a monument was erected in
Aghdere on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of their moving
to that territory. He noted that there were no Armenian villages in
Karabakh during the reign of khanates.

"The claims that Zangazur was given to Armenians during the People's
Republic are wrong. Historical maps prove it. Nagorno Karabakh is not
Armenian land, Armenian came and committed genocide there," he said.

Nasiman Yagublu noted that there were enough facts to prove that the
genocide had been committed by Armenians.

"We should change the methodology of promoting the genocide," he said.

Human rights defender Novella Jafaroglu said historians should deal
with the so-called Armenian genocide.

"We protest against the discussion of the issue on the political
level. Archives should be opened and historical assessment should be
given to the issue," she said.

Chairperson of the Public Union of National Spiritual Values Jale
Jafarova urged for European and world broadcast to campaign for
recognition of Khojaly genocide.

Historian Almaz Mammadova said the West was speaking about the
integration on one hand and taking actions increasing tensions between
the countries on other hand. Mammadova said recently Iran has also
launched campaign against Azerbaijan. "Iranian leadership has to make
clear that whether they respect Islamic values or not. If they respect,
they shouldn't establish so warn relations with Armenia".

Human Rights Defender Chingiz Ganizadeh said only person that could
prevent so-called "Armenian genocide" hearing at the US Congress was
President Barack Obama. Ganizadeh proposed to address Obama.

Participants of the round table noted that hearing on so-called
"Armenian genocide" at the Congress could have negative impact on
US-Azerbaijan and US-Turkey relations.