Azeri Press Agency
April 3 2008
Baku. Laura Jabrayilli-APA. "Marking the 2790th anniversary of Yerevan
within the framework of the International Assembly of Capitals and Big
Cities on October 11 this year has no scientific or historical grounds.
Yerevan was established during the Arabic period. Yerevan and
Western Azerbaijan do not belong to Armenians or Armenian history",
Deputy Director of History Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy
of Sciences Jabi Bahramov told APA. He said that Urartu sources,
scientific works by outstanding Russian historians, Igor Dyakonov,
Azerbaijani academician Igrar Aliyev, American scientist Armenian by
origin Nina Garsia and others showed that the Armenians had nothing
to do with this territory.
"After the spread of Christianity, churches, as well as Grigoryan
church started missionary activity beginning from the fifth century.
The churches sent missionaries to different places, as well as to the
territories around Van Lake in Turkey. In the first half of the 19th
century Armenians started to settle in the North Azerbaijan occupied
by Russia and Irevan khanate, a part of Azerbaijan. Armenian state
had existed neither in Turkey, nor in the territory of Azerbaijan by
1918. On May 29, 1918 Yerevan was yielded to Armenians, as a result
of it they managed to establish state with support of the English,
Americans and French. After North Azerbaijan was occupied by Soviet
Russia in 1920, measures were taken to extend Armenians' territory and
19.800 sq km territory of Soviet Azerbaijan was yielded to Armenians
as a result of direct pressure exerted by Soviet Russia", he said.
According to historical data, the history of ancient Azerbaijani
land - Yerevan as a city, castle started after the collapse of the
caliphate. The territory belonged to the Sajis of Turkish origin, then
Salaris and Ravvadis, Saljug Empire, Atabeys, Hulakis and in the 15th
century belonged to Garagoyunlus, Aggoyunlus and Sefevids. In the reign
of Sefevids, Yerevan became administrative center of Chukhursheher
beylerbeylik, finally Yerevan khanate, and with the occupation of
North Azerbaijan Yerevan province was established, and Republic of
Armenia was established after Yerevan was yielded on May 29, 1918.
Bahramov said these were historical facts and underlined that
Azerbaijan's related bodies should take a stance on marking the 2790th
anniversary of Yerevan on the international level.