Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 16
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
January 20 tragedy will always be marked as the Day of All-national Mourning, Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak Ayin told Trend on Jan. 16.
"The victims of January 20 were our brothers and sisters, and their memory is very dear for the Iranian people. The Iranian people have always been close to the Azerbaijanis, sharing their joys and sorrows," he said.
He went on to add that Iran has always condemned the mass murder of innocent people and attacks on civilians.
The ambassador wished that the Azerbaijani people will always live in peace and prosperity.
During the night from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 1990, the Soviet army began military action against Azerbaijan without declaring an emergency situation.
According to official data from the General Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan, the investigation found out that 132 people were killed, 612 people injured, 841 people were illegally arrested and hundreds of buildings were destroyed as a result of this crime. This wrongdoing also inflicted huge material damage to the state and its citizens.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by S.M.