Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 20
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The Colombian Foreign Ministry has sent a note expressing solidarity with the Azerbaijani people in connection with the January 20 tragedy, according to a message from the Azerbaijani Embassy to Mexico and Colombia.
Colombia's Foreign Ministry said that in connection to the events committed by Soviet troops in Azerbaijan on January 20, 1990 and which were recognised as the 'Black January' tragedy, Colombia expresses solidarity with the people of Azerbaijan and recognises the Azerbaijani people's struggle for sovereignty which was successfully accomplished in 1991.
Overnight 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 injured and 841 illegally arrested and hundreds of buildings destroyed as a result of this perpetration.
This crime also inflicted huge material damage to the state and its citizens.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by S.M.