“Settlement of Armenians in Azerbaijani occupied territories”

Public Association for “Protection of Rights of Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons in Azerbaijan” together with “Association for Civil society Development in Azerbaijan” held the round table on this subject on 14 May, 2008.
Chairman of the PA PRMIDPA, Nadir Abdullayev made an opening speech. Speaker told about the facts connected with the illegal settlement of Armenians in Azerbaijani occupied territories as a result of Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict.
Chairman of the PA for the “Protection of Azerbaijani Monuments”, Faiq Ismayilov enumerated facts about falsification and armenialization of monuments belonging to Azerbaijanis, in general, to Muslims and Albans besides Armenians settlement in occupied Azerbaijani territories.
Slides showing destructions and constructions made by Armenians in occupied Azerbaijani regions and towns were demonstrated with the comment of F.Ismayilov.
Editor of the “Voice of Karabakh” (Qolos Karabaxa) newspaper, Gadir Nasirov, leader of election headquarter of Association for Civil society Development in Azerbaijan, candidate of historical sciences Maharram Zulfiqarli, Culture and tourism department of Shusha region, Zahid Abbasov, chairman of “Our Azerbaijan” Bloc, Vuqar Beyturan, collaborator of Human Rights Institute of ANAS (National Academy of Sciences), Musa Musayev, candidate of sciences, by birth from Shusha, Teymur Alban and others made a report over subject.
It was underlined that, after occupying Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 surrounding districts, Armenia started settling Armenians in Azerbaijani territories being under their control, building churches in settlements, destroying or falsifying and armenializing everything belonging to Azerbaijanis, in general, to Muslims under a special plan and on a state level. According to the information available, tens of thousands of Armenians were settled not only in Nagorno-Karabakh, but also in surrounding regions and the principal attention during that process was directed to Shusha, Lachin and Kalbajar cities. At the same time, from 200 to 2000 people lived in Agdam, Gubadli, Jabrail and Zangelan regions. The Armenian leadership lends these territories, grants credits and provides other financial assistance, different industrial and construction objects are built to fulfill their plan to bring the population of Nagorno-Karabakh up to 300 thousand people till 2010.
In the speeches were sounded that formerly a special mission of the OSCE was arranged to investigate facts about Armenians’ settling in Azerbaijani occupied territories and the mission fixed existence of illegal settlement facts. Much to my regret, researches of that mission didn’t yield any positive result and didn’t make Armenia abstain from actions violating the 1949 Geneva Convention “On human rights during armed conflicts” and demands of other international rules. Contrary to it, impunity condition at the international area gave this annexationist state full scope and they widen the scale of illegal actions aimed at the establishment of mythic “Great Armenia” at the expense of other states’ territory.
The participants of the round table on subject “Settlement of Armenians in Azerbaijani occupied territories” appealed to the UNO, the OSCE, and heads of the OSCE Minsk Group member-states calling them on to take strict measures to prevent Armenia from illegal settlement actions and apply corresponding sanctions against them.