AZERBAIJAN'S DEBT TO ARMENIAN REFUGEES IS OVER $100 BILLION
- YEREVAN.- The case Minas Sargsyan v Azerbaijan considered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) can serve as a precedent, said Grigory Ayvazyan, head of the Assembly of Azerbaijani Armenians.
He considers that Azerbaijan risks going bankrupt as the total debt to Armenian refugees is over $100 billion.
On January 9 ECHR declared admissible two lawsuits filed by refugees - an Armenian and an Azerbaijani. The applicants are Elkhan Chiragov, former resident of Lachin (territory of security zone around Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) and former resident of Gulistan village of Shahumyan region (presently occupied by Azerbaijan) Minas Sargsyan.
The complaints were selected from over 1,000 similar cases (about 600 filed by Azerbaijani refugees and about 500 from Armenian refugees) last year to serve as a precedent. Both complaints say about loss of property as a result of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Chiragov's complaint also includes certain ethnic and religious provisions. The Court is supposed to deliver its judgment on both cases at a later date.
Grigory Ayvazyan told journalists that the choice of two mentioned cases is surprising. Chiragov's case has no relation to Armenia, as the applicant addresses Nagorno-Karabakh, he added. He stressed that almost every Armenian family of refugees left a house and property in Azerbaijan.
- 1832 The first Armenian newspaper of Constantinople "Lragir Metsi Terutian Osmanian" was published until 1883.
- 1858 Publication of "Hyusisapayl" newspaper by S. Nazariants in Moscow (it lasted until 1864).
- 1860 Publication, in Tbilissi, of the "Krunk Hayots Ashkharhi" (Crane of the Armenian World) periodical. The editor was M. Aghabekyan.
- 1865 First publication of the "Sion" Periodical, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem's official organ.
- 1878 Russian forces occupy the district of San-Stefano in Constantinople.
- 1883 First publication of the children's illustrated Eastern-Armenian "Aghbyoor" magazine in Tbilissi (editor T. Nazarian).
- 1887 Birth of the scholar, linguist, professor and author Arakel Arakelian in Askeran.
- 1897 Birth of Anna Aslan (Aslanian), physician, geriatrician, academician, professor in Romania. She founded the geriatric school in Romania.
- 1912 Birth of linguist, philologist Dr. Prof. Sahak Bazian in Western Armenia (Shatakh).
- 1913 Birth of philologist and linguist Dr. Prof. Grigor Grigorian in Ghookasavan (Masseess region).
- 1919 Death, in Western Europe, of K. Kostanian, author, philologist and historian. His works deal with medieval Armenian history, pagan beliefs, and armenology.
- 1920 The publication of Constantinople's Extraordinary Military Court's statement on the perpetrators of the murder and deportation of Kharbert's Armenians.
- 1923 Birth of sculptor Khachatoor Iskandarian in Yerevan.
- 1925 Birth of Marcel Martirosian in Marseilles. He was a Doctor of Technical Sciences.
- 1933 Birth of Dr. Karlen Karamian in Yerevan. He was a civil engineer.
- 1976 Yervand Kochar is awarded the title of Peoples' Artist of the USSR.
- 1990 Start of the massacres and expulsion of 200000 Armenians in Baku by forces of the Baku-Moscow axis.