Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 19:31:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Adil 
To: CarlsonE@rferl.org
Cc: RFERL Newsline ,
    CleaveJ@rferl.org,
    GobleP@rferl.org,
    MooreP@rferl.org,
    PannierB@rferl.org,
    ShafirM@rferl.org
Subject: RFE/RL Newsline report on Armenian allegations to Azerbaijan

Ms. Fuller, The below news brief fail's to present Azerbaijani view on the Armenian allegations. Being a very sensitive subject, it is quite understandable to you as region's analyst, that those allegations are part of renewed Armenian territorial demands towards Naxcivan (Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan Republic). In fact, same day's analysis from Jamestown Monitor correctly stated that: The duration and size of the Armenian presence in such areas is a matter of dispute with political overtones and with potential territorial implications. An association was founded last month in Yerevan to promote historic Armenian aspirations to Nakhichevan. (From JTMonitor, 14 December 1998, Vol.IV, No.230) The so-called "Nakhichevan Union" is just another organization setup to legitimize Armenian demands to that historic Azerbaijani region, just as similar organizations setup to claim Karabakh, and Javakhetia from Georgia, among others. What is ironic, is that there were hardly any Armenians in the region in the recent times. Meanwhile, the claim that "In the 1920s, the population of Nakhichevan was predominantly Armenian" is irrelevant in the context. It only reveals anti-Azerbaijani bias of the news piece. Why 1920's and not before, or after? Are those Armenians who were born or lived in Naxcivan during those times members of the "Nakhichevan Union"? For your information, the Armenian population of Naxcivan in 1897 (i.e., some 20 years before), according to the Russian Imperial Census, was only 34,672 people, i.e., roughly 34% of total population of 100,775. Azerbaijanis represented majority, of 64,151 and Russians 1,014. Isn't is interesting how "suddenly" Armenian population has grown to represent majority, largely due to massacres of Azerbaijanis under Andronik and other Armenian "generals." All the previous Russian Imperial censuses indicated less Armenians, thus proving what all researchers, including Armenian, that Armenian population in the region was not indigenous and was in fact came from Ottoman and Persian empires. By the way, in 1897 the population of Zangezur region, which was given to Armenia in 1920, was also predominantly Azerbaijani, with 71,206 people, while Armenians represented 63,622 people, out of total population of 137,871. Zangezur, as many other bordering regions, was continuously emptied from its indigenous residents, Azerbaijanis--if in 1897 its population was over 51% Azerbaijani, by 1926 it was only 6.4%, while during the same period proportion of Armenians has increased from 46% to 87%! Tens of thousands of Azerbaijans had to flee for their lives in much the same way as they have had to do in the 1980-90s. It seems as if Newsline needs to provide the Azerbaijani response to the latest round of propaganda allegations towards Naxcivan, in future try to present such sensitive subjects head-to-head (i.e., both views simultaneously) and perhaps raise the issue of countless Azerbaijani monuments and other cultural heritage destroyed by Armenians, whether ancient Albanian Churches, or Irevan's Blue Mosque, or latest looting in the occupied territories of Karabakh and other regions of Azerbaijan. Barbarity towards bronze monuments to four Azerbaijani poets by Armenian invaders are on display in Baku. Sincerely, Adil Baguirov #RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC #________________________________________________________ #RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 239, Part I, 14 December 1998 # #TRANSCAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA # #ARMENIANS PROTEST DESTRUCTION OF MONUMENTS IN #NAKHICHEVAN. A senior Armenian clergyman and members of #the Nakhichevan Union representing Armenians from that #Azerbaijani exclave have addressed appeals to UN #Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to UNESCO Secretary- #General Federico Mayor to intervene to prevent the #further destruction of Armenian religious and cultural #monuments in Nakhichevan, Noyan Tapan reported on 10 #December. In late November, Armenian architects on the #Iranian bank of the Arax, which forms the frontier #between Iran and Nakhichevan, reported that gravestones #and stone crosses in the cemetery of Old Djuga in #Nakhichevan were being destroyed by bulldozers or #removed. In the 1920s, the population of Nakhichevan was #predominantly Armenian, but as a result of emigration #from the region, it is now 95 percent Azerbaijani. LF