Baku’s activity strikes hard at pro-Armenian circles
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 25 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
Azerbaijani diplomacy has taken unprecedented steps in the international arena, a member of Trend Expert Council, a political scientist and professor of the Western University, Fikret Sadikhov, believes.
"We have witnessed the recognition of the Khojaly genocide by the parliaments of Pakistan, Mexico, a number of U.S. states and most recently, the Parliament of Colombia. All this is undoubtedly the result of careful, active political and diplomatic efforts on the part of Azerbaijan," he said.
The Colombian Senate issued a decision on the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and has recognised the crime committed in Khojaly as being genocide, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev told media at a briefing on Monday.
He said that the supplement to the decision contains information regarding one million refugees and homeless persons, about violation of their rights and violent acts against the Azerbaijani population by Armenia.
The Armenian military forces committed genocide in Khojaly on Feb. 26, 1992. Some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1000 civilians were injured during the genocide. Eight families were massacred, 130 children lost one parent, and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.
Sadikhov said Azerbaijani diplomacy and political leadership are actively working on the international stage with other countries. This activity, in his opinion, strikes hard at the interests of Armenian circles.
"For example, it is important that the appeal of Lithuanian MPs was made on the eve of April 24, the day Armenians consider it as being a tragic date, calling it "genocide of 1915"," Sadikhov said.
He said members of parliament of Lithuania, a European state, have done this despite the fact that it was done in anticipation of April 24. This indicates a serious disregard of this date and indicates that they are cool towards the activities of Armenian lobbying circles around this mythical tragedy.
"I am confident that the European Parliament will consider the appeal. Of course, you need appeals from other countries as well. More efforts are needed to involve in the process our partners and allies," he said.
This will be a major factor that will affect other European countries which can consider this issue and adopt relevant resolutions, Sadikhov said.
The European Parliament is a serious structure and if it considers the appeal and adopts a specific resolution, it will be a 'flick on the nose' of the Armenian lobbyists who are now engaged in the promotion of a mythical genocide in European countries, he said.
21 members of the Seimas of Lithuania have appealed to the European Parliament in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy. Members of the Seimas-signatories to appeal are expressing their sympathy for the pain of the Azerbaijani people in connection with the tragedy and regret that, in contrast to the political and legal assessment of the deeds of those who committed war crimes in former Yugoslavia, the perpetrators of the Khojaly tragedy remain unpunished.
Members of the Seimas expressed confidence that the European Parliament will give a political assessment of the tragedy and that this bloody tragedy will be accepted as part of the historical memory of Europe.