The Congress of “the Azerbaijani Community of the Nagorno-Karabakh Region of the Republic of Azerbaijan” has released a statement.
The statement reads: “In the late 1980’s, the wave of the Armenian separatism in the Nagorno Karabakh region of Azerbaijan resulted in the ethnic conflict and the expulsion of our compatriots from their native lands in Armenia and from Nagorno Karabakh. Armenia’s military aggression led to the occupation of twenty percent of the territory of Azerbaijan – Nagorno Karabakh and seven adjacent districts. Conducting of that policy culminated in ethnic cleansing across that territory, with over one million of Azerbaijanis becoming refugees and IDPs.”
From the early days of the conflict that has lasted for 30 years, while still an integral part of the former Soviet Union, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) launched its overt territorial claims on the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Region of Azerbaijan SSR and blatantly supported violent separatism, accompanied by brutality and terror against the Azerbaijani population.
In the meantime, Armenia unilaterally passed a number of illegitimate decrees aimed at secession of the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Region from Azerbaijan and annexation of these territories to Armenia. However, even during the existence of the Soviet Union – on 10 January 1990, the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR adopted the Resolution “On incompatibility of the acts of the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR (adopted on 1 December 1989 and 9 January 1990 regarding Nagorno-Karabakh) with the Constitution of the USSR”, stating the illegality of the Nagorno-Karabakh joining the Armenian SSR without the consent of the Azerbaijan SSR.