Sumgait is Continuation of Armenian Genocide, Says Karabakh Prime Minister

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–"The tragedy in Sumgait became the continuation of the genocidal policy against the Armenian people," the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Prime Minister Anoushavan Daniyelian told journalists during the events, dedicated to the 19th anniversary of Armenian massacre in the Azeri city of Sumgait. He said that the Karabakh conflict was imposed on the Armenian people at a time, when the nation was weak and had been reeling from other tragedies. The Prime Minister noted that the Karabakh national-liberation struggle was the first response to the unjust acts committed against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh by the Azeri forces. In response to question regarding the refugee problems emanating from the Sumgait massacres and similar events that followed, Danielyan explained that according to a government decision, individuals identified as refugees were in the second year of receiving government compensation. The government has also provided housing for the refugees from Sumgait and other parts of Azerbaijan. "Currently, 15 homes have been built. These homes will be put in commission in the near future. Similar programs were realized across the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, as well," explained Danielyan.

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