Azeri Propaganda Backfires at European Parliament

BRUSSESLS–A planned “commemoration of the Khojaly events,” which for Azerbaijan has become a top priority in its ongoing misinformation campaign backfired Tuesday when a Member of the European Parliament distances herself from the event.

European Member of Parliament Gisela Kallenbach (Greens, Germany), who initially had sponsored the exhibition of the “Aliyev Foundation” surprised the participants, especially the Azeris that were there only “because it was too late to cancel the exhibition,” after being alerted by the European Armenian Federation and other voices of European public opinion.

In her welcoming remarks, Gisela Kallenbach did not hesitate to say that she regretted that the exhibition did not include pictures of the anti-Armenian pogroms in the Azeri city of Sumgait in 1988, before taking one minute of silence in memory of the victims of all the conflicts of the South Caucasus. She criticized implicitly the Azeri attempt of misinformation and stated that she learned that this exhibition “could be used in order to destroy the promising and recent process of reconciliation between Armenia and Azerbaijan” and “that was absolutely not” her intention.

According to various sources, Kallenbach had been deceived by officers of her political group directly financed by the Aliyev Foundation and left the event.

“We congratulate Mrs. Kallenbach for her courage and bravery” declared Hilda Tchoboian, the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation; “it is clear that the Khojaly commemorations organized everywhere in Europe and in the United States are part of the political war rhetoric being used by Azeri leaders who aim to prevent the resolution of the conflict by historical revisionism, while masking their own crimes.”

Within the framework of a worldwide campaign of disinformation, the Baku regime is aiming to force the international community to characterize what occurred in Khojaly in 1992 as war crimes — even “genocide.” These events — presented as such using photos taken in Kosovo at the time–and not Khojaly–were never clarified but several sources– in particular Azeri ones’shave attested that this was a campaign spearheaded by the Aliyev clan against the former regime of Ayaz Mutalibov to discredit his leadership and seize power in Azerbaijan at the time.

The massacres and pogroms of Armenia’s in Sumgait, Baku and Kirovabad, recalled by Kallenbach, were on the other hand, committed directly as Azerbaijan’s response to the peaceful process by which the Armenian population of Karabakh had requested their unification to Armenia, in accordance with the Soviet constitution, which was in force at that time. These pogroms sparked the Karabakh war.

At the time, the European Parliament strongly criticized the actions of Azerbaijan toward its Armenian population, highlighting “the blockade and the aggression of Azerbaijan,” “the 300,000 Armenian refugees who fled the pogroms,” the murders of Armenia’s perpetrated “in horrific circumstances,” “the economic blockade of Armenia,” “the unprecedented attack against the Armenia’s of Karabakh” and their “right to self-determination.”

The aforementioned European Parliament resolutions are available at www.eafjd.eu

“Taking into consideration the serious incriminations that the European Parliament and the International community charged against Azerbaijan, for the first time, the Azeri propaganda machine failed in its efforts to use the European Assembly as a springboard to spread its falsified interpretation of the history,” added Tchoboian.

“The abusive exploitation by Azerbaijan of the Karabakh conflict to justify it war rhetoric and racist language of his leaders toward Armenia and the Armenia’s, will have to be condemned by the European Union which has a real interest with the establishment of lasting peace in the area,” continued Tchoboian.

The European Armenian Federation recalls that for several years, the Azeri regime has tried repeatedly to discredit the OSCE Minsk Group. Despite these attempts, the European Parliament constantly affirmed its confidence in the Minsk Group which takes into account the right to self-determination of the people Karabakh in compliance with international legal principles.

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