Azerbaijani ambassador: Consequences of Soviet occupation left imprint in people's memory
Memory of the events on Jan.20 1990 lives in the Azerbaijani people's hearts, Azerbaijan's ambassador to Jordan Elman Arasli said in an interview with Jordanian newspaper "Al-Dustour" on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the bloody January events.
The January events has left imprint in the memory of the Azerbaijani people, the bitter memories of the bloody night is passed from generation to generation, he added.
Arasli said Azerbaijan is an independent modern state, which was recognized by the international community.
"Azerbaijan is a full member of various organizations such as UN, OIC, OSCE and others," Arasli said.
After gaining the independence, Azerbaijan has opened its embassies and diplomatic missions in various countries around the world and seeks to maintain friendly relations with neighboring countries.
The Soviet Army commenced military operations against Azerbaijan early morning Jan. 20, 1990 before declaring a state of emergency. The tragedy claimed the lives of 131 people, including 117 Azerbaijanis, six Russians, three Jews and three Tatars. Some 744 people were severely injured. Four went missing and 400 were arrested. Twenty one people were killed after a state of emergency was declared on Jan. 20. Twenty six people were killed in the Neftchala and Lankaran regions.