On November 7, Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) released documents claiming to prove that Armenia was settling Syrian Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh in order to change the demography of the disputed region.
The state-run news agency said the documents were found in the office of Armenia’s National Security Service in the district of Zangilan, that was recently captured by Azerbaijani forces.
Azerbaijan launched a large offensive against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27. Thousands from both sides have lost their lives while fighting in the region, so far.
The documents supposedly include the names of 60 Syrian Armenians who were recently settled in Zangilan by the Armenian state.
“It became clear that 60 Syrian Armenians, 19 families in total, mentioned on the list were relocated to Zangilan as part of Armenia’s illegal resettlement policy in the occupied Azerbaijani territories,” AZERTAC report reads.
The agency also shared photocopies of passports which allegedly belong to two Syrian Armenian men, Baazo Hraj Sepob from al-Hasakah and Kirakos Babkin from Aleppo. The men were settled in Zangilan, according to the agency’s claims.
Suriyalı ermənilərin Ermənistan tərəfindən Zəngilana köçürülməsinə dair sənədlər aşkar olunub https://t.co/QSnODmyoi3 #Azerbaijan #Azərtac #AzerTAG #Baku #NewsAgency #MüzəffərAliBaşKomandan #Müzəffərordumuz #MüzəffərAzərbaycanOrdusu #QarabağAzərbaycandır #Qarabağ #Azərbaycan pic.twitter.com/VLRotyo0X9
— AZERTAC News Agency (@AZERTAC) November 7, 2020
According to the AZERTAC, the Azerbaijani government is currently taking necessary investigative measures. Baku may be planning to issue an official complaint against Armenia.
The documents shared by the AZERTAC are yet to be verified by an independent side. Even if the documents were authentic, there is evidence that the Armenian state was directly involved in the re-settlements of Syrian Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. These people may be just refugees who fled the war in Syria.
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