Monitoring Desk: Azerbaijanis today are observing 27th anniversary of illegal occupation of Shusha (Шуша) by Armenia.
According to state run News Agency AZERTAC, Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a statement about 27th anniversary of illegal occupation of Shusha by the armed forces of Armenia.
Statement explained how Armenians committed genocide of Azerbaijanis and how deportation and ethnic cleansing against the people of Azerbaijan took place in several eras including during 1905-1906, 1918-1920, 1948-1953, 1988-1993.
The statement said:
“In the second half of the 80s of the 20th century, Armenia made territorial claims against the Nagorno-Karabakh region which is an integral part of Azerbaijan. At the same time, on December 1, 1989 the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia violated the sovereignty of Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, adopted the decision, joining the NKAO to the Armenia SSR which was contrary to the Constitution of Azerbaijan. In 1988-1992, the armed forces of Armenia occupied over 30 settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh where Azerbaijanis lived. On February 26, 1992 Khojaly genocide which happened in the eyes of the whole world, was a bloody and memorable page of this aggressive policy.
At the end of the 20th century Armenia, creating mono-ethnic state, occupied Nagorno Karabakh and Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli, outside of the Nagorno Karabakh region and nowadays 20 percent territory of Azerbaijan are under the occupation. All these territories underwent ethnic cleansing from the Republic of Armenia. As a result of this occupation more than one million Azerbaijanis became IDPs from the occupied territories. In consequence, the occupation policy pursued by Armenians was accompanied by massacres, 20 000 Azerbaijani died, 50 000 persons became disabled getting injuries of various degrees.