Karabakh – Myth-busting

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Often-used accusations and claims by Armenians

The Facts: Nagorno Karabakh is NOT a disputed territory. Nagorno Karabakh is an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan which was illegally occupied by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia in 1992-94. The Armenian armed forces have also occupied 7 regions of Azerbaijan outside of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Armenian troops perpetrated ethnic cleansing by expelling 800,000 Azerbaijani civilians from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the 7 regions mentioned above. The United Nations Security Council passed four
resolutions demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 other regions of Azerbaijan and restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

All the military action has been taking place on Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory including Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding 7 regions. The Armenian occupational forces located in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan launched an unprovoked attack on civilians in the Azerbaijani town of Terter, just outside of the occupied lands. Armenia deployed its artillery and large caliber weapons against both military and civilian structures: 15 Azerbaijani civilians, including children, have been killed and 50 injured. During the latest aggression, Armenia’s artillery did not even spare schools, kindergartens, hospitals and homes for disabled people. In response, Azerbaijan launched an anti-terror operation to liberate its lands and force the Armenian military to comply with the UN Security Council Resolutions.

Eleven weeks after Armenian forces attacked Azerbaijan’s northwest Tovus District on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan killing soldiers and civilians alike, Armenian forces attacked Azerbaijan again on the 27th of September. The Armenian attacks were directed at four Azerbaijani districts that adjoin the Azerbaijani territory (Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent districts) Armenia has illegally occupied for the last 27 years.

Within hours of the attacks, Armenia’s government declared martial law and full-total military mobilization.

To counter the attacks and protect its civilian population, Azerbaijan undertook counteroffensive measures and liberated six different villages in the Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts that had been under Armenia’s military occupation since 1993.

It is the Armenian Army that deliberately targets Azerbaijani civilians in such large cities as Ganja, Mingechevir, Barda and others, which are tens of miles away from the occupied lands. Besides the video footage showing widespread destruction of the residential areas and multiple casualties in these Azerbaijani cities the Armenian leaders including the military advisor to the Armenian prime minister and the leader of the Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh have openly stated their intentions to target Azerbaijani civilians far from the occupied lands. The latter proudly admitted giving an order to lob missiles at Ganja after the first strike on the city levelled a large residential block in a historical district of the city.  

The Armenian army launched multiple ballistic missiles from Armenia at Baku as well.

The Nagorno Karabakh region has never been part of Armenia. Nagorno- Karabakh (literally Mountainous Karabakh) is part of the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. The entire region includes about 800,000 ethnic Azerbaijanis and about 100,000 ethnic Armenians before Armenia launched its military aggression against Azerbaijan in 1992. As a result of the occupation by the Armenian armed forces, all 800,000 Azerbaijani civilians have been expelled from their ancestral lands. The Nagorno Karabakh region was granted a status of an autonomous district within the Azerbaijan Republic in the Soviet Union. In 1921, the Soviet authorities rejected the Armenian appeal to transfer Nagorno Karabakh to Armenia and left the region within Azerbaijan. However, a different Azerbaijani region called Zangezur was transferred to Armenia. This is a strip of land that now separates the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan from the mainland Azerbaijan.

Most Armenians have been resettled in Nagorno Karabakh after the Russian conquest of Azerbaijan in the 19th century. After the Russian Empire had conquered Azerbaijani Khanates in the 19th century they began a massive migration of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire and Iran to the Azerbaijani lands including Nagorno Karabakh. From 1828 to 1900 over 900,000 Armenians were settled in Azerbaijan. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of their migration from the Iranian city of Maraga the local Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh erected a monument which was later destroyed by the Armenians during the 1992-94 war so the monument would not undermine their claim to Nagorno Karabakh.

The Important Facts About Ancient Apostolic Churches in the Karabakh region: All medieval churches and monasteries that Armenia claims as their own are churches that belonged to Caucasian Albania which was the name of this part of Azerbaijan for many centuries. In 1836, once Armenians began their influx into this part of Azerbaijan the Armenian religious leaders appealed to the Russian tsar to abolish the Caucasian Albanian church and transfer all its assets to the Armenian Apostolic Church. Thus, in one move the Armenians appropriated the entire legacy of Caucasian Albania. None of those churches have been built by or ever belonged to the Armenians.

There are no facts or proof provided amidst numerous accusations. On the contrary Armenia has deployed Kurdish terrorists from PKK and YPG on the occupied lands and have never made a secret out of it. The Armenians have also deployed Armenian terrorists and volunteers from Lebanon and Syria to fight in this war.

Azerbaijan’s population is about 10 million and the country has a large professional army of 100,000 troops with reserves reaching additional 300,000. Thus, the country has no need for mercenaries from anywhere. Armenia, on the other hand, has a diminishing population of only 2 million. They have also been experiencing significant challenges drafting new soldiers to ship to the battlefield. Thus, they have actively been recruiting worldwide.

This is one of the most common arguments uttered by Armenians, referring to the predominant Muslim and Christian population of Azerbaijan and Armenia, respectively.

Azerbaijan is a multi-cultural and secular state. Azerbaijan is considered one of the most secular countries in the world where all major religions are practiced. Azerbaijan boasts 160,000 Orthodox Russians, 20,000 Armenian Christians mostly in Baku and Ganja, 20,000 Jews and others. The country has multiple churches and synagogues. Azerbaijan has strong relations with Israel and majority Christian Western countries.

Armenia, on the other hand, has ethnically cleansed its territory expelling 300,000 remaining Azerbaijanis although the Armenian capital’s population was historically predominantly Azerbaijani, and there are basically no other ethnic groups left in the country. They have only one mosque (a historical Azerbaijani Blue Mosque in Yerevan) and one synagogue. Only about 100 Jews are left in the country. Armenia has been one of the most anti-Semitic countries in the world according to various Jewish sources. Most Russian-language schools are shut down in Armenia, and most recently, even Russian-language TV has been banned. Armenia has very cozy relations with the religious regime in Iran. Bashar Assad, the Syrian butcher, has also voiced his support for Armenia.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan. Following the occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories, Armenia installed a regime in the occupied areas calling it the “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic”. This “Republic” is not recognized by any country in the world including Armenia.

Few facts: President of Nagorno-Karabakh, Robert Kocharyan, became the President of Armenia in 1998, which was a breach of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia. Currency of the so-called “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” is the same as Armenian. The flag of the “sovereign” state is almost the same as the Armenian one with the exception of the zig-zag pattern, symbolizing the current separation of the region from Armenia and its aspiration for eventual union with “the Motherland Armenia”.

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