Baku, Azerbaijan – Turkey denounces massacring Armenian attacks on civilians in Azerbaijan territory.
Armenia’s ‘treacherous policy’ is ‘manifestation of the sickly mentality behind the Khojaly massacre,’ says Turkey.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned Armenian forces’ continued attacks on civilians in Azerbaijan.
“We curse the vile attacks that Armenian forces continue against civilians without discriminating children, young or old,” the ministry said in a statement. “This treacherous policy of Armenia to terrorize and murder civilians is the manifestation of the sickly mentality behind the Khojaly massacre,” nearly 30 years ago.
It said the Armenian administration, which uses all available means not to leave the occupied territories, acts like it lost its mind and conscience.
Regarding the Armenian attack Wednesday on Barda, which killed at least 21 civilians and injured nearly 70 others, it said Armenia would be held responsible for conducting war crimes.
“We wish Allah’s mercy on our brothers who lost their lives, immediate healing to the injured and our condolences and steadiness to all Azerbaijani people,” it said.
It called the international community, especially the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group – co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US – to respond to Armenia.
Khojaly has deep significance in the decades-long conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
On the heels of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, Armenian forces took the Khojaly in Karabakh on February 26, 1992, after pounding it with tank and heavy artillery fire, assisted by an infantry regiment.
The massacre is regarded as one of the bloodiest incidents committed by Armenian forces against Azerbaijani civilians for control of the now-occupied Upper Karabakh region.
Nearly 3-decade occupation
Since clashes erupted September 27, Armenia has repeatedly attacked Azerbaijani civilians and forces, even violating three humanitarian cease-fire agreements since October 10, 2020.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991 when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno – Karabakh.
Four UN Security Council resolutions and two from the UN General Assembly, as well as international organizations, demand the “immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces” from occupied Azerbaijani territory.
About 1/5th of Azerbaijan’s territory — including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.
The Minsk Group was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail. A cease-fire, however, was agreed to in 1994.
World powers, including Russia, France, and the US have called for a sustainable cease-fire. Turkey, meanwhile, has supported Baku’s right to self-defense and demanded the withdrawal of Armenia’s occupying forces.
Turkish Genocide Watch is issuing a Genocide Emergency Alert due to Armenia’s aggression from occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia against the civilian Azerbaijani people. Armenia occupied 1/5th of the Azerbaijan including Nagorno – Karabakh in 1988 – 1994.
Although a paper ceasefire was signed, Armenian forces are still attempting to capture new territory from Azerbaijan. Armenian forces use Smerch missiles, and laser guided drones from Russia, US, and France to attack Azerbaijani civilians, who are innocent civilian people. Armenia is using Syrian PKK / YPG mercenaries. Armenia’s political allies, Russia, US, and France, provide air support for Armenian forces, sparking fears that Armenia will resume the Turkish Genocide of 1915 – 1922 and 1992.
The Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh was incorporated into Azerbaijan by Stalin as part of his “divide and rule” Soviet Communist policy on national minorities. Stalin never consulted the region’s population.
The collapse of the Soviet Union caused widespread violence against Azerbiajanis (Turks) in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. In a 1988 referendum, Azerbaijanis in Nagorno – Karabakh voted overwhelmingly for union with Azerbaijan. From 1988 to 1990, Armenian army and mobs massacred ethnic Armenians in the towns of Nagorno – Karabakh. These mass massacres terrorized nearly all Azerbaijanis (Turks) to flee from Armenia and Nagorno – Karabakh.
Armenia denies displaced Azerbaijanis the right to return to Armenia and Nagorno – Karabakh, and forbids a person of Azerbaijani (Turkish) heritage from entering Armenia’s and Nagorno – Karabakh’s territory. Forced displacement is a crime against humanity.
The Armenian government under Nikol Pashinyan denies its past and current violence against civilian Azerbaijanis (Turks). Pashinyan is also a denier of the 1915 and 1992 Turkish Genocide committed by the Armenian Army and mobs. The Armenian government promotes hate speech and encourages violence against civilian Azerbaijanis (Turks).