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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:54 AM


Politics 11:00 28/02/2017 Region
Azerbaijan’s former president Ayaz Mutallibov: Chingiz Mustafayev’s materials prove betrayal of national interests

Politicians, who spread ideas about Russia’s role in “Karabakh’s loss” and that Russia is allegedly behind the Armenians, “scare the Azerbaijanis and are engaged in sabotage,” Azerbaijan’s former president Ayaz Mutallibov told the Azerbaijani information portal Avrasiya.org stating that if Azerbaijan “builds the right politics,” the Russians “will be on its side,” which will result in “peaceful resolution of the problems in Karabakh.”

Mutallibov remembered that as a result of the “right politics,” “Operation Ring” was organized, during which inhabitants of villages throughout the whole perimeter of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast – ethnic Armenians – were deported under the pretext of “expulsion of Armenian militants.”

Regarding the traditional question for Ayaz Mutallibov about the Aghdam events, he noted that the tragedy could have been avoided, if there was no battle for power, which disturbed him.

“The help was not sent to Khojaly, but to another direction. Khojaly was left without any help. Unfortunately, fighting for power, they had left the front without leadership,” Mutallibov stated.

He also answered to the question regarding the videos taped by Chingiz Mustafayev. The videos “caused unnecessary dispute” in the Azerbaijani society again.

“I am aware of Chingiz’s videos. They prove that our traitors were among the participants of the Khojaly massacre,” he said adding that he had no opportunity “to analyze comprehensively Chigiz’s materials.”

In the former president’s opinion, it is a “betrayal of national interests.” Summing up, Ayaz Mutallibov said: “I believe the war will start soon.”


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 11:08 AM


Politics 17:14 01/03/2017 World
Arab newspaper: Azerbaijan actively speculates on Aghdam events in order to distract attention from pogroms of Armenians

Embassy of Armenia in Syria published an article in the influential Arab newspaper Al-Watan presenting Azerbaijan’s manipulations and falsifications about Aghdam events. 

It is noted that in early 1992, Azerbaijan used Khlojaly in order to fire Karabakh’s capital Stepanakert. As a result, houses, schools, hospitals, and buildings of state institutions were destroyed. The Azerbaijani authorities turned Khojlay into a firing point closing access to Karabakh’s only airport, through which the population was provided with food and medicine.

Moreover, Azerbaijan used Khojaly as a firing point for shelling the nearby Armenian-populated villages. Therefore, the neutralization of Khojaly’s firing point by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Army forces was a justified measure from the point of view of saving the civilians.

Following the start of the military operation on the neutralization of the firing point, the civilian population used the humanitarian corridor left by the Armenian side in order to move to Aghdam, which was under Azerbaijan’s control at that time. However, the population faced bloody events there.

Therefore, the authors emphasize that it is obvious that the Azerbaijani authorities failed the evacuation of the civilian population from the settlement and that they are responsible for the death of hundreds of people in Aghdam.

“Since then, Baku adopted the strategy of falsifying all the facts and materials of that humanitarian catastrophe and disseminating hatred and horror towards the Armenians among the representatives of the international community,” the article reads.

Falsifying photos is one of Azerbaijan’s most common methods. The authorities use photos of the Kosovo War, victims of 1983 earthquake in Turkey, poor children in Afghanistan, as well as corpses of Hamas militants in Palestine presenting them as Azerbaijanis, who were killed by the Armenians.

“We all have to work on raising the awareness of the international community in order to expose Azerbaijan’s lies. The aim of the active propaganda of ‘Khojaly events’ is to distract the international community’s attention from the pogroms of the Armenians in Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad, and other Azerbaijani settlements, ethnic cleansing of the Armenians in 28 villages, as well as tragic events in Maragha,” the authors note.
They also highlight that the Azerbaijani side tries to distort Armenia’s international image speculating on the memory of the civilians, who became victims to internal political intrigues and struggle for power in Azerbaijan.

The real perpetrator of the tragedy is Azerbaijan’s Popular Front led by Abulfaz Elchibey. He became the country’s president after the Aghdam events and started to speculate on those events in order to get rid of the former president, Ayaz Mutallibov.

Therefore, Azerbaijan’s political and military leadership is responsible for the death of the civilians in Aghdam.
“The Azerbaijani side cannot answer to simple questions yet. Why the corpses of the victims were found near Aghdam, which was under the control of the Azerbaijani forces? Why there was no organized evacuation of the civilian population despite the Armenians’ warnings on the adio?” the authors wonder.

It is also noted that in subsequent years, the civil rights activists and journalists, who attempted to reveal the truth, were either arrested under the pretext of collaborating with the Security Services of Armenia or died under unclear circumstances. That is why nobody dares to demand that the authorities reveal the truth.
Summing up, the authors note that Azerbaijan continues to disseminate intolerance and armenophobia in the society, and that politics makes the dialogue difficult between the two nations.

On February 26, 1992, during the Karabakh war, around 200 to 300 people (according to Human Rights Watch, and 600 according to the version propagated by Azerbaijan) were killed in unknown circumstances near the city of Aghdam. They were deliberately withheld by the Azerbaijani authorities in the midst of the military actions. The authorities of Azerbaijan intentionally kept the population in the village for months by force and did not evacuate them in order to use them as human shields later as the village was one of the firing points for shooting at the blockaded Stepanakert (among five others).

The residents of Khojaly, coming out through the humanitarian corridor the self-defense forces of the NKR had left open, freely passed more than 10 km and reached the Aghdam city controlled by the Azerbaijani troops. Later, dead bodies of the villagers were foundnot far from the positions of Azerbaijani troops. The exact death toll remains unknown as the official Baku publishes data contradicting each other. Parliamentary Commission investigating the tragic death of the civilians at Aghdam city was dissolved by the order of Heydar Aliyev, the investigative materials are kept secret.



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Posted 26 February 2019 - 09:42 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Feb 25 2019
Politics 19:27 25/02/2019 Armenia
Anzhela Elibekova: February 26 appears to be a good occasion to test Azerbaijanis readiness for peace

February 26 marks the anniversary of Khojaly events and the date is a good occasion to test the readiness of the Azerbaijani public for peace, Anzhela Elibekova, expert in the South Caucasus told Panorama.am during an interview. Over the past few days Elibekova has explored Azerbaijani media reports and has come to conclusion that an active anti-Armenian propaganda is conducted despite commitments to prepare the people for peace.

“They announce about readiness to get prepared for peace, yet at the same time continue ramping up anti-Armenian sentiments among the public. The peace agenda thus appears to be fake,” Elibekova said. The expert pointed to the intensity of anti-Armenian events happening both in Azerbaijan and abroad that has been the case with previous years as well. The hatred is reinforced by statements from officials and experts of various caliber that often-spread disinformation, hatred and insults.

During the time of working at the Public Relations and Information Centre SNC, Elibekova along with number of experts initiated the “Xocali.net” project that documents the real events in the beginning of the 90s and exposes Azerbaijani falsification and distortion of facts.

«A database of facts was created with documentaries and a special website “Xocali.net” that should be presented to the Armenian and Azerbaijani public as well as the international community. This should be done first of all through diplomatic channels in order to prevent Azerbaijani propaganda activities in different countries - be those protests, or adoption of various resolutions,” Elibekova said.

“Xocali.net” website discloses Azerbaijani side’s mass falsifications concerning the tragedy, in which peaceful inhabitants of the village of Khojaly were killed. The website features many materials, including photo and video, exposing the activities of Azerbaijani Propaganda Machine that had been misleading the international community over the death of peaceful citizens for many years.

This year a small group of experts have created a new publication titled “What happened in Khojaly” available in three languages that provides information about Khojaly in Q/A format and discloses Azerbaijani side’s mass falsifications concerning the tragic events.
“The tragic events definitely took place on the night of February 25-26 claiming human lives. The tragic cannot go unpunished and the real perpetrators should be held responsible instead of those who were blamed or wanted to be seen as the assailants,” the authors of the publication say.

Some inconsistencies about the Khojaly event disseminated by the Azerbaijani propaganda can be found here. http://xocali.net/en/11-q.html


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 10:48 AM

ArmenPress, Armenia
March 4 2019

Azerbaijani propaganda attempt backfires in most humiliating way

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YEREVAN, MARCH 4, ARMENPRESS. Yet another Azerbaijani state sanctioned attempt of propaganda has backfired in the most embarrassing way possible. The Azerbaijani embassy in Iran hosted a photo exhibition regarding the Khojaly events, but one of the photo exhibits on the wall didn’t have anything to do with Khojaly – it was a more than 100 year old photo depicting a dying Armenian woman during the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. Apparently the Azerbaijanis were so much in a hurry to collect unrelated photographs depicting death that they didn’t even know what they are doing.  This bizarre gaffe once more shows that the Azerbaijani government is carrying out a state-level fake propaganda on the Khojaly events, but this time their hasty attempt to choose a photo that would mislead the visitors ended in embarrassment. Seems like they simply wanted a photograph depicting distress, pain, death or any kind of misfortune regardless from what era.

The story was revealed by an Iranian media outlet, placing Azerbaijani Ambassador to Iran Buniad Huseynov in an embarrassing situation.

According to Iran-based Araks Armenian weekly, the Iranian Azariha online platform debunked and voiced about the incident by studying the photo.

“An unusual incident has taken place during this year’s photo exhibition organized in Tehran, that was organized by the Baku embassy and which was attended by the country’s ambassador and several former Iranian diplomats who have served in Baku. What’s unusual is that several photos exhibited at this gallery are stolen photos, which actually date back to the times of the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire, which the government of Baku has presented to be Khojaly victims,” the Iranian media outlet said in an article entitled “The Lying Shepherd”.

Azariha added that a photo depicting a dead woman in a dry desert has been included in the exhibition, whereas Khojaly is located in a semi-mountainous cold and snow-covered area between Aghdam and Askeran.

“Studies of the photo showed that it depicts the forced deportation of Armenians to Syria, Aleppo in the Ottoman Empire: the photo has been taken from the US Library of Congress,” Azariha said.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:01 AM

Azerbaijan Enlists Infamous Congressman

            Hastings in its Anti-Armenian Propaganda

            By Harut Sassounian

            Publisher, The California Courier


Cong. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) is the latest transmitter of Azeri
propaganda. He issued a statement on February 25, 2019, which he
entered in the Congressional Record, accusing Armenians of killing 613
Azeri men, women, and children on Feb. 26, 1992, in the Khojaly
village of Azerbaijan during the height of the Artsakh (Karabagh) war.
Human Rights Watch placed the number of Azeri dead at 161.
Nevertheless, even the single loss of life is regrettable be it Azeri
or Armenian. Cong. Hastings, a member of Azerbaijan Congressional
Caucus, called the alleged killings “the Khojaly Massacre.”

These killings are controversial with Armenians and Azeris blaming
each other for the deaths. In recent years, the government of
Azerbaijan has made these killings a cause celebre, organizing
observances in various countries and accusing Armenians not only of
committing a massacre, but a genocide. These propaganda observances
are funded by what is known as “caviar diplomacy,” meaning that
Azerbaijan bribes government officials around the world to block
decisions critical of Azerbaijan or adopt resolutions in its favor.

It is ironic that while Azerbaijan describes the alleged killing of
613 Azeris a genocide, it shamelessly denies the actual genocide of
1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923.

On March 3, 1997, the Armenian Foreign Ministry circulated a statement
to members of the United Nations General Assembly and Security
Council, rejecting the statement issued by Azerbaijan on February 22,
1997 on “the Khojalu event.” Armenia quoted the words of the then
President of Azerbaijan Ayaz Mutalibov who had stated that the
Azerbaijani National Front “actively obstructed and actually prevented
the exodus of the local [Azeri] population through the mountain
passages specifically left open by Karabakh Armenians to facilitate
the flight of the civilian population.” Mutalibov had made that
statement in the days following “the Khojalu event” in an interview
with Czech journalist Dana Mazalova published in the April 2, 1992
issue of the Russian newspaper Nizavisimaya Gazeta.

By organizing such propaganda observances, Azerbaijan’s officials have
found a convenient way of countering the mass murder of Armenians in
the Azeri towns of Sumgait (Feb. 28, 1988), Gyanja (November 1988),
and Baku (January 1990) as well as the Armenian genocide by Ottoman

Azerbaijan could not have found a more infamous member of U.S.
Congress to carry out its propaganda war against Armenia. Prior to
becoming a member of Congress, Hastings served as a United States
District or Federal Judge from 1979 to 1989, at which time he was
impeached and removed from office!

According to Wikipedia, “In 1981, [Judge] Hastings was charged with
accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence and a
return of seized assets for 21 counts of racketeering by Frank and
Thomas Romano, and of perjury in his testimony about the case. In
1983, he was acquitted by a jury after his alleged co-conspirator,
William Borders, refused to testify in court, resulting in a jail
sentence for Borders.”

“In 1988, the Democratic-controlled United States House of
Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for
bribery and perjury by a vote of 413–3. He was then convicted on
October 20, 1989, by the United States Senate, becoming the sixth
federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from
office by the Senate. The Senate, in two hours of roll calls, voted on
11 of the 17 articles of impeachment. It convicted Hastings of eight
of the 11 articles. The vote on the first article was 69 for and 26

Cong. Hastings was disgraced for the second time when a staff member
of the Helsinki Commission for which he was the Chairman, accused him
of inappropriate sexual behavior. The Roll Call newspaper reported on
December 8, 2017 that the U.S. Treasury Department secretly paid the
staffer $220,000 to settle an alleged sexual harassment case against
Cong. Hastings.

Winsome Packer, the staff member of the congressional commission,
stated in a written document that Cong. Hastings touched her, made
unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. In her lawsuit,
Packer stated “that Hastings repeatedly asked to stay at her apartment
or to visit her hotel room. Packer also said he frequently hugged her,
and once asked her what kind of underwear she was wearing,” according
to Roll Call. Cong. Hastings denied the accusation.

Finally, it appears that Cong. Hastings has maintained extensive
contacts with the BGR Group, a major U.S. firm that is paid $50,000 a
month to lobby for Azerbaijan in Washington.

Under the federal FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) laws, every
lobbying firm has to register with the U.S. Justice Department,
disclosing the contract signed with the foreign entity. More
importantly, the lobbying firm’s employees are required to report to
the Justice Department every contact they make with outsiders on
behalf of their clients, whether by email, phone call, or personal

For example, during the six-month period of December 1, 2017 to May
30, 2018, BGR reported contacting congressional offices hundreds of
times. Each time the subject matter was listed as “U.S.-Azerbaijan
Relations.” Cleverly, BGR had hidden the name of the Congressman or
Senator, mentioning only his or her staff member’s name.

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) conducted a lengthy
investigation to identify the names of the Congress members for whom
these staff members worked. The ANCA investigation disclosed that on
Nov. 17, 2017, Feb. 27, March 5, March 12, April 30, May 22, May 23,
and May 30, 2018 BGR lobbyists emailed Tom Carnes, a staff member of
Cong. Hastings. BGR also had a meeting with Tom Carnes on May 30,
2018. In addition, on May 22, 2018, lobbyists from BGR e-mailed
Susannah Jackson of Cong. Hastings office. In addition, on Nov. 2,
2017, Rob Mangas, Tim Hutchinson, K. Laurie McKay, Killoran Long, and
Albert Wynn on behalf of a lobbying firm for Turkey, Greenberg
Traurig, had discussions with Lale Morrison from the office of Cong.
Hastings regarding U.S.-Turkish relations. Finally, on Oct. 27, 2017,
Lydia Borland on behalf of another lobbying firm for Turkey, LB
International Solutions, LLC, met with Lale Morrison from the office
of Cong. Hastings regarding U.S.-Turkey relations.

No wonder that Cong. Hastings was given the low grade of D and D plus
in recent years by the ANCA for not supporting various Armenian issues
in Congress.

Azerbaijan has tried to cover up its crimes against Armenians and
human rights violations of its deprived citizens by bribing foreign
officials around the world and blaming others for its own wrongdoing.

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