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The III International Conference “The Genocide of Turkic-Muslim population of Azerbaijan and Eastern Anatolia (1914-1920)” has become a significant event in the scientific life not only of Azerbaijan, but also other countries, related by a common destiny. The scientists-historians of Azerbaijan, Turkey, the Russian Federation (Moscow, Tatarstan, some republics of the North Caucasus), Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Poland, Albania and others have discussed the events of the early twentieth century, which left a bloody trace in the life of Azerbaijani and other Turkic-Muslim peoples.
Basing on the archival documents in Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Uzbekistan, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and other countries the scientists-historians have proven the genocide in the 1914-1920 years created by Armenian nationalists against the Turkic-Muslim population in Northern Azerbaijan - in Baku, Shamakhy, Guba, Garabagh, Zangazur, Iravan, Nakhchivan as well as in South Azerbaijan - in Urmia, Salmas, Khoy, Garadagh, Tabriz, in Eastern Anatolia, Turkestan, the North Caucasus and the Volga region. Tens of thousands of representatives of the Turkic-Muslim population and other nationalities, including innocent children, women and the elderly men were killed only because of their ethnicity.
This shocking crime against humanity, unprecedented in the history was organized and put into practice by the Bolshevik-Dashnak forces.
Terror by Armenian armed formations had been committed in the territory of Azerbaijan in the spring of 1918, and then continued in the territory of the Ararat (Armenian) Republic established on the primordial Azerbaijani land – in the old Iravan city and its suburbs after the declaration on May 29 of the same year. Armenians included the genocide of Azerbaijanis in their state policy.
The next stage of the Armenian aggression against the Azerbaijani people started in the early 1980s, when more than 200 thousand Azerbaijanis - the indigenous population of Iravan and Zangazur regions were driven out from the territory of the Armenian SSR. As a result, not a single Azerbaijani has remained in the territory of Zangazur and Iravan. Thus, Armenia became a mono-ethnic state. Moreover, more than one million Azerbaijani dwellers were driven out by armed forces of the Armenian Republic from the occupied Azerbaijani lands, namely from Daghlig Garabagh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and surrounding seven regions and thus, have become refugees and IDPs.
The worst crime against humanity became the genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly, realized in the night from 25 to 26 February 1992.
Genocide of Azerbaijanis committed by Armenian occupiers is on a par with similar crimes made in different periods of history against the peoples of Asia, Africa, America, as well as Turkestan, the Caucasus, the Volga region, the Balkans.
Armenia puts territorial claims not only to Azerbaijan, but also to Turkey and Georgia, etc.
To our deepest regret, influential political circles of the international community remain indifferent to demands of the Armenian aggression, ignoring even the decisions and resolutions adopted by the authoritative international organizations.
The III International Conference “The Genocide of Turkic-Muslim population of Azerbaijan and Eastern Anatolia (1914-1920)” being held on the eve of the VII Humanitarian Forum, demonstrates the will of the Azerbaijani society for a peaceful coexistence of all peoples, and calls for peace and concord.
Participants of the III International Conference “The Genocide of Turkic-Muslim population of Azerbaijan and Eastern Anatolia (1914-1920)” are convinced that such a policy and the indulgence of the aggressive ambitions of Armenia by its international patrons have no moral historical and legal basis.
On the eve of our conference Azerbaijani lands once again were attacked by the Armenian armed forces along the entire front line. Azerbaijan, showing goodwill to the world, once again initiated a ceasefire. And we unanimously support the peaceful solution of the Daghlig-Garabagh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Restoration of sovereignty over all our lands, ensuring the territorial integrity of our state is the right of the Azerbaijani people. And we unanimously support this just struggle.
We, the participants of the international conference call the world community to pay attention to the irrefutable evidence of crimes by the Armenian aggressors and to contribute to ending the Armenian occupation policy! The international community must take decisive measures to restore historical justice with respect to Azerbaijani and other nations subjected to genocide by Armenian nationalists in order to prevent the recurrence of such tragic pages of history. It is in the interest of the entire international community for the sake of stability and security in the region and around the world!
We, the scientists, as a progressive part of the society, call for the condemnation of the policy of “managed chaos”, double standards from the side of influential powers, as well as the UN and other international organizations. Strong foundations of the world order should not be violated. All the resolutions of UN, adopted in accordance with international law shall be carried out the same rather than to meet the demands of certain world powers. We believe that the only justice, rule of law and stability can ensure global security. Only clearly following the principles and norms of international law we can prevent the crimes of terrorists, extremists and separatists, to lay the foundations of the modern world order on the equality of nations and peoples, their peaceful coexistence, put an end to the lawlessness of global centers of power, pursuing their own selfish ends.
Members of the Conference call for strict adherence to the UN Security Council resolutions. The observance of four resolutions on Daghlig Garabagh (Nagorno-Karabakh) conflict, providing for the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is of special importance for stability in the Caucasus.
In the current tense situation, not only politics, but also men of science and culture have to do their best for the development of constructive dialogue of the countries and peoples, to prevent any manifestations of ethnic and religious hatred, countering terrorism and settlement of armed conflicts. The absolute priority must be respect for the historical rights of the peoples, their national and religious feelings and beliefs, as well as traditional values and moral ideals.
In this context it should be noted the valuable historical experience of Azerbaijan which is an example of the policy of tolerance and multiculturalism, based on centuries-old traditions and the cultural and moral values of the people. The Azerbaijani people always distinguished with its ethnic and religious tolerance. Despite of the occupation of 20% of Azerbaijan Republic’s territory and terror against the Azerbaijani people, Azerbaijan always remains faithful to her values.
We hope that our appeals will not remain without attention of the world and the scientific community.
Participants of the III International Conference “The Genocide of Turkic-Muslim population of Azerbaijan and Eastern Anatolia (1914-1920)”
Shamakhy city, April 10, 2016