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Special Sitting of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Cooperation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
18 January 2020

January 18, special sitting of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Cooperation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia was held in the Parliament of the Republic of Armenia dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Baku pogroms. A minute of silence has been held, prior to the start of the sitting, to pay tribute to the victims of the pogroms in Baku.

Opening the sitting, RA NA President, Co-Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee Ararat Mirzoyan noted that exactly thirty years ago these days in Baku the massacres of Armenians were carried out with the explicit permission and support of the Soviet Azerbaijan authorities. Speaking about the Armenophobia of the Azerbaijani authorities, the Head of Parliament has revealed their historical continuity, noting the massacres of 1905 and 1918 in Baku,  in Sumgait, Kirovabad-Gandzak and Maragha, heroization of Ramil Safarov by the Azerbaijani authorities for axing an Armenian officer, killing of the civilians in the village of Tallish in April 2016.

«The pogroms of Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad, their periodic nature, three times over a century, other manifestations of anti-Armenian policies preceding and following them, make it impossible for the Armenians of Artsakh to be physically secure under Azerbaijan's sovereignty. Accordingly, the only viable way for the Armenians of Artsakh is self-determination of Artsakh, and the Republic of Armenia is the guarantor of the realization of those rights for the people of Artsakh, » Ararat Mirzoyan reaffirmed.

Greeting the participants, President of the Artsakh National Assembly, co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee Ashot Ghoulyan described the January 1990 incident in Baku as an organized crime against humanity.

«These actions were part of a comprehensive policy of pressure on the Armenians of Artsakh, who fought for freedom in 1988. This policy was most manifested in February 1988 in Sumgait, in November in Kirovabad-Gandzak and in Baku in 1990, » President of the Artsakh Parliament reminded.

Speaking about the reaction of the international community to the end-of-century crime, the President of the Artsakh Parliament noted that although it was recorded and condemned, however, its organizers and implementers have not been subjected to any legal liability. On the other hand, people who have been deported from Azerbaijan and found asylum in Artsakh have not received any international status and support.

The Head of the Parliament also referred to the anti-Armenian policy implemented in Azerbaijan up to now and called upon the international community, human rights organizations and parliamentary structures to give a legal assessment of what happened and prevent implementation of the state-level anti-Armenian policy in Azerbaijan.

«As in previous years, today we reaffirm, that the Republic of Artsakh will be consistent in bringing to justice the organizers and implementers of the genocide perpetrated against Armenians in different parts of Azerbaijan,» Ashot Ghoulyan emphasized.

Speeches on the Baku massacre have been made by Arzik Mkhitaryan, Chair of the Artsakh NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, Arthur Tovmasyan, Head of the Republic of Artsakh NA "Motherland" Faction,  MPs David Melkumyan, Alyosha Gabrielyan, MPs of Republic of Armenia, survivors of the pogroms in Baku, experts and human rights defenders of the two Armenian republics - Arman Tatoyan and Artak Beglaryan.

Summing up the results of the special sitting, the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Cooperation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia unanimously adopted a statement condemning the Baku massacres.

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