Azerbaijan, Ganja, Aug. 24 / Trend V.Mammadov /
Participants of the "New Silk Road" project visited the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan upon Azerbaijani MP Ganira Pashayeva's invitation. The visit of professor from the U.S. state of Montana Thomas Goltz and 24 students started with tour to the Gala complex.
Pashayeva told the guests about the geography, history and economy of the region. They familiarized with a stand reflecting the Azerbaijani lands passed to other countries by force. Then the guests visited the graves of the Tovuz youth who died for their homeland. Here Pashayeva spoke about the atrocities committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis. Pashayeva said that since the early 90-ies the Armenians seized the territory of Azerbaijan, and about one million refugees and IDPs were banished from their homes.
Then, the guests visited the region's Alibayli village bordering with Armenia to see the inhumane acts of Armenians. Here, guests reported that the frequent violations of the cease-fire armies Armenia normal life in the village was broken. The students saw the school gates, riddled with bullets and a house, destroyed by artillery fire. This gives the visitors the picture of the atrocities of the Armenian forces. American student Richard Gauron, who witnessed how the Armenian troops make arson, said he knew very little about Azerbaijan, but after arriving here saw how beautiful place this country is.
"After I briefly got familiarized with the country's border villages, the IDPs' towns and the history of Azerbaijan, I can say that I learned the truth." Living in a border village is very heavy. Once I get back to America, I will write a report on what I have seen here and try to bring the truth to my peers," Gauron said.
Pashayeva said she regards such visits of young people to the country as very important, as they can see the real situation in Azerbaijan.
"Students, who come to our republic, receive an education in political studies. Today, they saw the realities of Azerbaijan with their own eyes. They have seen that our country has great value in the region. They saw the living conditions of refugees and IDPs, intolerability of living in border villages. They will spoke about this in their own countries and it is very important for bringing the Azerbaijani realities to the international community, "she said.
Goltz said he spoke about the Caucasus to his students during the classes at the University and those wanted to see what they heard. That is why, Goltz implemented this project. The aim of the project is to see the realities of Azerbaijan in detail and clearly, and gather information about the nature of the Caucasus and its pattern of development.
The guests also familiarized with the ancient archaeological expedition in Goytapa. The students were reported that the monument belongs to the 6th millennium BC and excavations here are underway for three years.
The "New Silk Road" project involves 24 students, including 10 from the U.S., four from Azerbaijan and 10 from Turkey. Following Azerbaijan, the participants will travel to Georgia and Turkey
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