CHAPTER 16 THE KARABAKH PROBLEM AS A RESULT OF THE PAN-TURKIC POLICY OF THE BAKU AUTHORITIES

The migration of the Azerbaijanis of Armenia to Azerbaijan will make it possible to organize the repatriation of Armenians from abroad and accept them in their native country. The peasant repatriates can settle in the territories and houses, emptied by the Azerbaijanis. Considering all these factors we should like to ask your permission;

1) To resettle the Azerbaijani inhabitants of Armenia in the cotton regions of Azerbaijan SSR and exploit the areas and houses left by them for the purpose of accepting and settling the repatriates to the Armenian SSR.

2) To allow the Council of Ministers of Armenian SSR and the Council of Ministers of Azerbaijan SSR establish a joint commission to organize and carry out the resettlement.

3) To include all the expenses connected with the resettlement in the Union budjet”.22

The resettlement of the Azerbaijanis was carried out with the help of the Soviet Army, in the presence of Azerbaijani representatives. The so-called “Muslims of Armenia” settled in Karabakh. This step of Bagirov made clear that he intended to increase the number of Azerbaijanis of Karabakh thus changing the demographic process. Once again the loss was only on the Armenian ethnic group’s side. Another part of the migrants settled in the Armenian – inhabited areas of Azerbaijan – Dashkesan, Khanlar, Shahumian. Not one Muslim from Armenia was sheltered in the “cotton regions”.

Thus, it was evident that the demographic process of change was not virtually the natural result of objective economic pressure and unspecified country – town migration but simply an expression and the result of the anti-minority policy of the party and state leadership of Azerbaijan.

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