Azerbaijan's FM: Letter addressed to UN secretary general regarding racist nature of Armenian president's speech
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 5 /Trend, S.Agayeva /
At a meeting with journalists of country's diasporas on Oct. 16, the Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan openly made racist remarks and showed religious intolerance, in connection with which the permanent mission of Azerbaijan to the United Nations has sent a letter to the secretary general of the organization.
The letter says that referring to the results of some "genetic" study, the President of the Republic of Armenia stated that "as a nation, Armenia has been around for the last 8,000 years". These words of the President of the Republic of Armenia, apart from being based on this country's confused history, were in the direct context of his vision of superiority of the
Armenians over other nations, including the Azerbaijanis, who were characterized by the head of the Armenian State as a "Turkic Muslim nomadic tribe", Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported.
It seems the President of the Republic of Armenia forgot what dire consequences the world suffered as a result of such "genetic studies" in the past, the letter says.
"Moreover, it is not the first time that Armenian high-ranking officials make statements that openly promote the outrageous ideas of ethnic differentiation, which are contrary to the fundamental principles of international law as well as to the moral and ethical principles of humanity. Thus, the public comments made by the previous President of the Republic of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, about "ethnic incompatibility between Armenians and Azerbaijanis" have produced justifiable indignation within the international community. The then Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Walter Schwimmer said that "Kocharian's comment was tantamount to warmongering" and manifestation of "bellicose and hate rhetoric", while the then President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Peter Schieder stated that "since its creation the Council of Europe has never heard the phrase 'ethnic incompatibility'," the letter says.
The letter says accordingly, the recent remarks by Serzh Sargsyan have become yet another solid piece of evidence testifying to the consistency of the official Yerevan line in conveying the odious ideas of racial superiority and hatred laid down in the State policy of the Republic of Armenia.
"The Republic of Azerbaijan is confident that, for the purposes of lasting peace, security and stability in the South Caucasus, there is no alternative other than, by concerted efforts of the international community, to convince the Republic of Armenia to cease its racially and religiously motivated policy and practice, to put an end to the illegal occupation of the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to denounce its territorial claims towards neighbouring nations and to establish civilized relations with all regional countries," the letter says.
Letter to the UN Secretary General by the permanent mission of Azerbaijan to the UN was circulated to members of the organization as an official document.