Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan demand certain public and political figures to stop derision

Over the last 1.5 year certain public and political figures and public organizations have assumed to themselves the right to come out on behalf of all the Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan, says the statement by a group of Armenian refugees.

The statement signed by around 500 refugees reads: "These people think it enough to name their organizations 'Congress of authorized representatives of Azerbaijani Armenians' or 'Assembly of Azerbaijani Armenians' to assume the right to themselves to submit their projects to the Armenian and world community as quintessence of aspirations, hopes and goals of all the Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan. Some of them suggest building a town in the liberated territories and expel 100,000 Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan to that town. Others are sure that we should return to Baku and live side by side with those who killed our relatives and expelled us. They speak of a third Armenian country of refugees that should be created in the liberated territories. We are alive and we don't want to become a weapon in the hands of adventurers, pseudo-politicians and irresponsible people. None of those people has done anything to deserve our trust and to speak on our behalf:.Let's Ashot Manucharyan, Andreas Ghukasyan, Mariam Avagyan, Anahit Tarkhanyan, Hranush Hakobyan, Nikolay Babajanyan, Grigory Ayvazyan and others (if there are any) set tents in the liberated territories and start building statehood and town for themselves. Maybe in some 3-4 years other patriots will join them. Without all this, their statements are nothing but phrasemongering," the statement reads.

The refugees further state: "We believe that Armenians of Azerbaijan suffered a huge moral and material damage that must be recompensed by Azerbaijan. Relevant authorities of Armenia and Artsakh should raise the issue of compensation and not the self-proclaimed 'defenders' of the refugees' rights."

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