Leaders of religious denominations in Azerbaijan have addressed an appeal to the world community, religious leaders, parliaments and international organizations in connection with the March 31 genocide.

The Caucasus Muslims Office told APA that the appeal reads:

“One of the supreme truths revealed in the holy books revealed to mankind is that to kill such a person, created by the Almighty Lord, is as grave a crime as the destruction of all mankind.

The genocides committed on the basis of national, racial and religious affiliation, engraved in the blood memory of mankind, are one of the greatest and unforgivable sins against humanity, and one of the peoples subjected to this crime is the Azerbaijani people.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, the Armenians, who were purposefully settled in the Caucasus, dreamed of a "Greater Armenia" and committed massacres and genocides against Azerbaijanis and other peoples living in these territories.

This bloody history was repeated at short intervals throughout the 20th century.

Due to more than two centuries of consistent aggression, ethnic cleansing, terrorism and vandalism by Armenian nationalists against our people, Azerbaijanis were expelled from their native lands in present-day Armenia and then in Karabakh.

The appeal says that history proves that in 1905 and 1918, Armenian extremists committed massacres against Azerbaijanis in Baku and the regions, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, settlements, historical and cultural monuments, mosques, churches and synagogues were destroyed. Destroyed:

“Only the March genocide - between March 30 and April 3, 1918 in Baku and various regions of Azerbaijan - Shamakhi, Guba, Khachmaz, Lankaran, Hajigabul, Salyan, Zangazur, Karabakh, Nakhchivan, Derbent and other areas of Dashnak Armenian and Armenian origin As a result of the genocide committed by Bolshevik armed groups against Azerbaijanis, tens of thousands of Azerbaijanis were killed and disappeared.

In 1918-1920, in Northern Azerbaijan (Baku, Shamakhi city, Shamakhi district, Guba city, Guba district, Lankaran district), in Western Azerbaijan (Zangazur district, Iravan district), in South Azerbaijan (cities of Urmia, Tabriz, Khoy, Salmas) The genocide against the Jewish population in Guba and Derbent is reflected in historical documents.

In the events of March 1918, in just 3 days, more than 12,000 Azerbaijanis were subjected to genocide in Baku, and the city's historic mosques and temples were invaded;

8,027 people were killed in 53 villages of Shamakhi district, 8,000 Azerbaijanis in Shamakhi city, Shamakhi Juma mosque, which has the oldest history in the Caucasus, was set on fire.

More than 16,000 Azerbaijanis lost their lives in Guba city, Guba district, as well as in Derbent, 162 villages were destroyed,

About 3,000 Jews were brutally murdered;

2,000 people were killed in Lankaran district;

In 1918-1920, 10068 Azerbaijanis were killed and injured in Zangazur district;

211 Azerbaijani villages were destroyed and their population was subjected to genocide in Iravan province.

As a result of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide, the number of 375,000 Azerbaijanis living in this area in 1916 fell to 70,000 in 1922.

During 1918-1920, about 5,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in the Azerbaijani-populated Borchali district of Georgia and in the Azerbaijani-populated historical quarters of Tbilisi.

Also, in 1918-1920, more than 120,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in Urmia, Maku, Tabriz, Khoy and Salmas.

In 1918-1920, 10068 Azerbaijanis were killed and injured in Zangazur district;

211 Azerbaijani villages were destroyed and their population was subjected to genocide in Iravan province.

As a result of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide, the number of 375,000 Azerbaijanis living in this area in 1916 fell to 70,000 in 1922.

During 1918-1920, about 5,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in the Azerbaijani-populated Borchali district of Georgia and in the Azerbaijani-populated historical quarters of Tbilisi.

Also, in 1918-1920, more than 120,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in Urmia, Maku, Tabriz, Khoy and Salmas.

In 1918-1920, 10068 Azerbaijanis were killed and injured in Zangazur district;

211 Azerbaijani villages were destroyed and their population was subjected to genocide in Iravan province.

As a result of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide, the number of 375,000 Azerbaijanis living in this area in 1916 fell to 70,000 in 1922.

During 1918-1920, about 5,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in the Azerbaijani-populated Borchali district of Georgia and in the Azerbaijani-populated historical quarters of Tbilisi.

Also, in 1918-1920, more than 120,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in Urmia, Maku, Tabriz, Khoy and Salmas.

As a result of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide, the number of 375,000 Azerbaijanis living in this area in 1916 fell to 70,000 in 1922.

During 1918-1920, about 5,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in the Azerbaijani-populated Borchali district of Georgia and in the Azerbaijani-populated historical quarters of Tbilisi.

Also, in 1918-1920, more than 120,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in Urmia, Maku, Tabriz, Khoy and Salmas.

As a result of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide, the number of 375,000 Azerbaijanis living in this area in 1916 fell to 70,000 in 1922.

During 1918-1920, about 5,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in the Azerbaijani-populated Borchali district of Georgia and in the Azerbaijani-populated historical quarters of Tbilisi.

Also, in 1918-1920, more than 120,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in Urmia, Maku, Tabriz, Khoy and Salmas.

For historical reference, traces of the policy of massacre of Armenian extremists in the early twentieth century existed in Central Asia and Turkestan.

The appeal says that in 1918-1922, Armenians killed more than 35,000 Uzbek Muslims in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan, burned Kokand, killed more than 10,000 Armenians in a day by Armenian Dashnaks, and more than 4,500 people in Andijan, Suzak in Kyrgyzstan. It is known from historical sources that all the residents of Bazar-Korgon villages were shot and the massacre reached the borders of Jalalabad:

"The policy of genocide and deportation against Azerbaijanis continued during the Soviet era.

In 1948-1953, hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis were deported from their ancestral homes in Zangazur, and in fact the Republic of Armenia, established in the ancient territories of Azerbaijan, became a monoethnic state.

In the second half of the 1980s, under the pressure and incitement of the Armenian lobby to the ruling circles of the USSR, a new wave of the policy of aggression and ethnic cleansing of the Armenian nationalists against our people began.

Taking advantage of the removal of the prominent Azerbaijani statesman Heydar Aliyev from the leadership of the USSR, Armenian chauvinists ruthlessly expelled about 300,000 Azerbaijanis from Armenia.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, 20 percent of our territory - the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts - was occupied as a result of large-scale military operations, and more than one million Azerbaijanis were expelled from their native lands.

In 1992, Armenian extremists attacked Khojaly, Agdaba,

The acts of genocide they carried out in Dashalti were the culmination of their atrocities.

On the night of February 25-26, 1992, Armenian armed bandits raided the city of Khojaly and committed a brutal massacre of its civilian and unarmed population, killing 613 people, including the elderly, children and pregnant women. The disappearance of people, the capture and severe torture of 1,275 people, the unimaginable insults to the bodies of brutally murdered civilians, in fact, link the Khojaly tragedy with the Holocaust, Guernica, Khatyn, Srebrenica and Rwanda.

In total, the genocide committed by 2 million Azerbaijani Armenians,

In the meantime, it should be noted that for many years, as a result of the military aggression of Armenia, terror has been carried out against the cultural and spiritual heritage of Azerbaijan, which is distinguished by its diversity.

Armenians committed acts of vandalism in the occupied territories of Karabakh and destroyed our historical, religious, cultural monuments, shrines and cemeteries, Christian and Jewish temples.

By purposefully working to destroy the ancient Albanian, Muslim, Orthodox religious and cultural heritage that existed in Karabakh, the Armenians either destroyed or destroyed our cultural and spiritual heritage, or falsified their history and origin, Armenianized and Gregorianized.

Today, Azerbaijani officials and public circles bring to the attention of international organizations and the public the indisputable facts of ethnic cleansing, genocide and acts of vandalism committed by Armenia in Azerbaijan.

Unfortunately, UNESCO is slow to send an investigative mission to the liberated territories of Karabakh, and the European Parliament, taking a dual approach, is adopting a biased resolution on the alleged "destruction of the Armenian heritage" in Karabakh.

However, new facts of Armenian crime - mass graves - are being revealed in our liberated territories.

Innocent people are still losing their lives and becoming disabled due to the war crime in the territories of Azerbaijan - countless mines buried by Armenians who used the tactics of burning land.

As leaders of religious communities living in peace and tranquility in Azerbaijan for centuries, we support the eventual establishment of mutual understanding between all peoples in the South Caucasus, regardless of religion or language.

Tendencies such as war, territorial claims, hatred, religious and ethnic discrimination, and revanchism must be stopped, stability must prevail between states, and efforts must be made for sustainable economic development.

All religious communities in our region, especially the Armenian Apostolic Church, must work actively in this direction, promote peace and dialogue, and promote peaceful and humanist ideas.

Unfortunately, Armenian clerics support the aggression against neighboring nations.

We, the clergy living in Azerbaijan, once again appeal to the world community and international organizations to give a political and legal assessment to the crimes of genocide committed by Armenia against the Azerbaijani people.

The truth will sooner or later prevail, justice will take its place, I hope! ”

- says in the appeal.

Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office, Archimandrite Alexy, secretary of the Baku and Azerbaijan Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church, Milikh Yevdayev, head of the Mountain Jews Community in Azerbaijan, Robert Mobili, chairman of the Albanian-Udi Christian Community in Azerbaijan and European Alexandrov signed.

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