Azeri DM refutes reports about Armenian presence in Gabala RadarStat


May 31 2004

BAKU, MAY 31, ARMENPRESS: Azerbaijani defense minister Safar Abiyev has
officially dismissed media ruckus that Russian citizens of Armenian
origin were serving at Gabala Radar Station, leased by Russia in
Azerbaijan. The minister said 35 Armenians, ostensibly serving at the
station, are in fact Ukrainians and Udins (a Caucasian ethnic group
speaking a language of their own and representing the remnant of a
very early Christian community in Azerbaijan that traces its roots
back to the 4th century Caucasus Albanian Church) whose surnames end
in “yan”, like those of Armenians. Over the centuries, the Udins
have been equated with Armenians but, in reality, they are one of
the distinct ethnic groups.

The Gabala radar station has a significant place in the Russian
Federation’s air defense and early warning systems. The station is
also directly linked to the “nuclear suitcase” of the president.
Gabala Radar Station, which was installed to determine the ballistics
missiles between continents, has the capacity to determine every move
in the southern hemisphere.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS