Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30
Armenians in the early 20th century, committed genocide of not only Azerbaijanis, but Turks as well, said Sheikhulislam Hajji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, the Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO).
He made the remarks March 30 at an event dedicated to the March 31 - the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.
"At the same time, Armenians continue to claim all over the world that they were allegedly 'destroyed'," said Pashazadeh. "They plan to mark the centenary of the 'Armenian genocide', once again trying to show themselves as 'sufferers'."
He regretted that there are still heads of states and religious leaders, who support the Armenian extremists in their aspirations.
"The Soviet leadership at the time, too, was under their influence that caused problems in the study of issues related to the criminal acts of Armenians," Pashazadeh added.
As a result of a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing, genocide and deportation of Azerbaijanis, pursued in the last two centuries by Armenian nationalists and their supporters, Azerbaijani people faced severe challenges.
This policy even more intensified in 1918-20. The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned into ruins, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed.
More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned down.
During the event an appeal was made to the heads of states and religious denominations and the world community to give a political and legal assessment of the genocide of Azerbaijanis committed by Armenians in the early 20th century.
The event was attended by the representatives of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, religious denominations, science figures and members of the public.