Azerbaijani Diaspora’s Main Activity Directed to Disclose Alleged Armenian Genocide – Azerbaijani State Committee Official Representative

Society Materials 24 April 2008 15:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 24 April / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / Disclosing the statements about the alleged Armenian genocide is one of the key goals of the events held by the Azerbaijani Diaspora within a year, Valeh Hajiyev, first Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Work with Azerbaijanis Residing Abroad, stated to Trend on 24 April.

According to Hajiyev, the State Committee does not hold any special event on 24 April in order to disclose the myth about the Armenian genocide on the day of the so-called Armenian genocide, as its main direction is attached to inform the international world about the occupation policy of Armenia.

Hajiyev stated that the resolution of Berlin Conference of Coordinating Council of Azerbaijani-Turkish Diaspora organizations, held in March, as well as the Friendship and Brotherhood Meeting of Turks in Baku and many other events publicized the necessity to strengthen forces to disclose false Armenian pretensions.

"The Armenians are concerned with the activity of Diaspora organizations," Hajiyev stated.

Armenia has accused Turkey of committing genocide against 1,500 Armenians in 1915-17 during the Ottoman empire. There are no any diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey with Armenia-Turkey border being closed since 1993 at the initiative of the official Ankara. The Turkish government has dismissed statements on the alleged Armenian genocide and officially states that the resettlement of Armenian population for the security in Ottoman empire cannot be described as genocide. The Turkish Premier Rajap Tayyib Erdogan officially called on Armenia to study the archives of both countries and to set up joint history groups to analyze the event that took place in 1915. Armenia has not yet responded.