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Ararat Mirzoyan: NKR self-determination is the only way to ensure the  security of Armenians in Artsakh

Ararat Mirzoyan: NKR self-determination is the only way to ensure the  security of Armenians in Artsakh

ArmInfo. The NKR self-determination is the only way to ensure the security of  Armenians in Artsakh. President of the National Assembly of Armenia  Ararat Mirzoyan stated this on January 13 at the Tsitsernkaberd  memorial complex. It should be noted that the country's leadership  today paid tribute to the victims of the pogroms of Armenians in  Baku, which occurred 30 years ago.

Mirzoyan, in particular, stated: "The mass pogroms of Armenians in  Baku, repeated for the third time in a century, as well as the  massacres of Armenians in Sumgait, Kirovabad and other Azerbaijani  cities, are vivid evidence that the physical security of Armenians  cannot be ensured at the territory of Azerbaijan and within the  framework of Azerbaijani sovereignty.

Accordingly, the NKR's self-determination is the only way to ensure  the security of Armenians in Artsakh, and the Republic of Armenia is  the guarantor of this security, "the speaker concluded.  It should be  noted that exactly 30 years ago, on January 13, ethnic unrest broke  out in the capital of Azerbaijan, which was accompanied by mass  violence against the Armenian population, robberies, killings, arson  and destruction of property. According to various sources, from 48 to  90 (according to some sources - up to three hundred) people became  victims of pogroms.

According to Human Rights Watch reporter Robert Kushen, "the pogroms  were not completely (or perhaps completely not) spontaneous, as the  pogroms had lists of Armenians and their addresses." By the beginning  of the Karabakh conflict, about 200 thousand Armenians were living in  Baku with a total population of 1.7 million. In late February 1988,  pogroms with numerous casualties among Armenians took place in  Sumgait, which became a landmark event and a turning point in the  aggravation of the Karabakh conflict.

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