National movement in Southern Azerbaijan to continue

Politics Materials 2 June 2006 17:17 (UTC +04:00)

On June 2, the Congress of World Azerbaijanis (CWA) held a press conference on National-liberation movement of Southern Azerbaijan is continuing. The conference informed about the events, protest actions taking place in Southern Azerbaijan, Trend reports.

According to information provided by CWA press service, 24 persons have been killed, 44 wounded and 106 arrested during the actions in different cities of Southern Azerbaijan. During the conference, the journalists were submitted the list of victims, wounded and arrested men. The member of Mejlis of CWA Ajdar Tagizade stressed that the process in Southern Azerbaijan turned into a national movement, and our demand is independence, Turkism and union. Denying the talks on the issue that as though the movement in the south was realized by America or Kurds, he noted that the southern Azerbaijanis were free in their policy. The head of the CWA Baku representation professor Pahsa Galbinur pointed out that Azerbaijan Republic was described as Northern Iran and Karabakh was described as the territory of Armenia in the map published in the newspaper Misag in Iran. The same newspaper was looked through at the conference.

Sarvar Masimli who participated in the action held in cities of Southern Azerbaijan Julfa, Marand, and Tabriz, told that the police forces blockading these cities prevented the actions. According to Masimli, the national movement has already created in Southern Azerbaijan. However, in Azerbaijan Republic, this issue draws little public attention. The CWA representatives attending the conference pointed out that all political forces, intellectuals and community in Azerbaijan should keep Southern Azerbaijan on the focus of attention because Baku plays a very important role in this national movement. The head of the CWA press service Ali Nijat said that actions and demonstrations in Southern Azerbaijan have lasted for already two weeks.