BAKU: Pressure group calls nation to partisan warfare

AzerNews, Azerbaijan
May 20 2004

Pressure group calls nation to partisan warfare

On the occasion of the 12th anniversary of Lachin’s occupation by
Armenia, the Garabagh Liberation Organization (GLO) Veterans and
Activists Union and internally displaced persons from Lachin paid
tribute at the Alley of Martyrs on Monday.

Afterwards, GLO chairman Naghi stated that the Azerbaijani
authorities and international organizations have not achieved any
results in settling the Upper Garabagh conflict and regarded this as
unacceptable. He termed ruthless fighting against the enemy as the
pride and privilege of every Azerbaijani citizen. “It is high time we
started partisan warfare”, he said.

He added that leaflets have been distributed among residents and
called for the formation of partisan units and a relentless struggle
against Armenian occupants in the Azerbaijani territories. Since
taking over Lachin on May 18, 1992, Armenia has occupied all the
mountainous regions of Garabagh. Lachin, an Azerbaijani region
located 443 kilometers away from Baku, was given the status of an
administrative district on August 8, 1930. With an overall area of
1,800 sq. km, the district consists of 121 residential areas,
including the town of Lachin. Before the occupation, 100 schools, 54
clubs and 88 libraries operated in the district. The district’s
economy is based on animal husbandry and plant-growing. In the last
census, there were 63,341 residents, who subsequently migrated to
other regions of Azerbaijan when it was taken over in 1992.