Azerbaijani Opposition Youth to Stage Protest Action against Imagined Armenian Genocide

Politics Materials 9 April 2008 15:26 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 April / Trend corr. D.Babayeva / The coalition Biz (We), founded by Azerbaijani youth opposition parties, is planning to stage a protest action on the day of imagined Armenian genocide in the Azadlig square on 24 April, Tural Abbasli, chairman of the youth organization of Musavat party represented in the coalition, stated to Trend on 9 April.

Armenia blames Ankara of the genocide of one and half million of Armenians from 1915 to 1917, during the period of the Ottoman Empire. Armenia and Turkey do not have any diplomatic relations. The border between Turkey and Armenia was closed in 1993.

Turkey denies the statements about the imagined Armenian genocide and stated that resettlement of Armenians during Ottoman Empire for security purposes cannot be considered as genocide. Rejap Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister, proposed Armenia to investigate archives of both the countries, to create joint historical groups to examine the events that happened in 1915. So far, Armenian side has not responded to the appeal.

Biz unites Liberal, Democratic, Popular Front, Musavat, National Independent parties and independent youth organizations. Coalition's key aim is to increase the role of youth in democratic development in Azerbaijan.

According to Abbasli, the organization will appeal to the Baku Executive Power to sanction protest action. "Coalition is planning to stage unusual rally on the square," Abbasli stated. Youth will not oppose Baku Executive Power's decision to stage rally in other area. Several independent youth organizations will also be invited to attend the rally.