Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi /On the occasion of International Refugees Day the Public Union on the Protection of Rights of Azerbaijani Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has applied to the UN, the CE Parliamentary Assembly, the Chairman of the OSCE and the Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairman countries. Notably, 20 June was announced International Refugees Day on the basis of a special resolution of the UN General Assembly, approved on 4 December, 2000.
The appeal reflects the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, as well as Armenia's groundless territorial claims on Azerbaijan. It is indicated that 750,000 people were displaced from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the nearby regions of Aghdam, Jabrayil, Fizuli, Kalbajar, Lachin, Zangilan, Gubadly, as well as bordering Armenian regions of Tovuz, Gazakh, Agstafa and Gadabey.
The appeal says tens of thousands of refugees from Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan settled in Azerbaijan. A request for international organizations to make clear their steps in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homelands was indicated in the appeal.