CHAPTER 26 THE REASONS OF AZERBAIJANI DEFEAT

To weaken the effect of the Talish rebellion, in early June H. Aliev declared that Humatov’s movement aimed to realize Elchibei’s resignation, who had fled to Kaleki meantime. In an interview to the radiostation “Liberty” A. Humatov said;

“Those negotiations (with Aliev) were preliminary and ended in interchange of viewpoints. There were various ideas. As Aliev stated their opinions were the same on many issues. It turned out that the only discordance was on the issue about the future administrative structure of Azerbaijan and its governing.”6

Aliev was clever enough not to arrest the Talish rebel and make the world think that the Turk was suppressing the national minorities. The former officer of the State Security Committee (KKB) was a professional. The naive Talish leader was glad of his role of a “party to the talks”, a thing that the KarabakhArmenians had failed to achieve. Arriving in Lenkoran he declared that they would have a common border with Karabakhin the nearest future.

Meanwhile Aliev was preparing to put an end the “glorious path” of A. Humatov. The population was being assured that Humatov was a traitor. A numerous group of women attacked his brigade in Lenkoran, managing to disarm the soldiers. The “unhappy leader” was forced to leave for the mountains accompanied by his relatives, where he was soon arrested.

The only thing the Talish moveement achieved was to undermine the bases of the Azerbaijani National Army. Despite the numerical superiority and excellent geographical position it was suffering humiliating defeats from the side of the tiny Mountainous Karabagh.

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