Top official: Initiative made to create memorial of Azerbaijani genocide victims
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 29 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The initiative of creating a museum complex or memorial dedicated to the Azerbaijani genocide victims has been made. This issue is being discussed in the Presidential Administration and the relevant agencies, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov told media on Thursday.
"The decision has not been made yet," he said. "We think that the creation of such a complex is important in terms of forming national memory, creating a connection between historical past, present and future. The establishment of this museum will be significant in the context of shaping public opinion about the genocide of Azerbaijanis."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.