17th Anniversary Of Sumgait Pogroms Commemorated In Stepanakert


01 March 05

A human string headed for the Monument to Sumgait Victims in
Stepanakert from early morning to lay wreaths and flowers. Archbishop
Pargev Martirosian, head of Artsakh diocese of the Armenian Church,
served a liturgy commemorating the victims of Sumgait.

The President of NKR Arkady Ghukasian, chairman of the National
Assembly Oleg Yesayan, PM Anushavan Danielian and members of the
government and parliament visited the monument to pay their tribute
and lay wreaths.

Being asked to comment on Khojalu events and Azerbaijanâ~@~Ys
strivings to liken two events, President Arkady Ghukasian said: “I
feel pain that a country where Sumgait tragedy took place speaks of
Khojalu. Especially in this case when the facts of Sumgait massacres
are well-known to everyone”. The president reminded that the Karabakh
side opened a corridor for the civilians in Khojalu and said that they
were killed nearby Aghdam and by the Azeris. He cited the words of
former Azerbaijani president Ayaz Mutalibov noting that this confession
leaves no room for doubt that Azerbaijanâ~@~Ys Peopleâ~@~Ys Front
killed people of Khojalu trying to compromise authorities of the day
in order to come to power.

Ghukasian also noted that Azerbaijanâ~@~Ys yearning to turn Khojalu
events into political weapon will do no good for the mutual trust of
the sides in the negotiation process.

A concert by the Artsakhâ~@~Ys State Chamber Orchestra closed the day.

By Kim Gabrielian in Stepanakert


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress