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Whose war is Karabakh?2011-12-23 20:58
Recently REGNUM news agency published a statement by leaders of the organizations representing indigenous nations of Azerbaijan. By today even those who never heard of Rutulis, Lezghins, the Talyish and other nations inhabiting the Caucasian republic have read the document. Representatives of ethnic minorities of Azerbaijan declare that the war in Karabakh is not their war. GTimes has got in touch with authors of this statement in order to clarify the situation.
"It's been over 20 years that Azerbaijan's leadership has been forcing our nations to make war with Armenians of Artsakh-Karabakh. It must be the most serious injustice involving nations of the Azerbaijani republic against their will. Over twenty years already our men have been risking their young lives dying for the sake of Azerbaijani interests. They die and they kill our ancient neighbors - Armenians with the only purpose to reinforce the authority of Baku in our motherland".
"When 20 years ago the republic of Azerbaijan proclaimed independence from the USSR, we, indigenous nations of the region, were not asked if we support this decision. As a result of this lawlessness many of our nations got divided by borders. Today we - Rutulis, Tsakhurs, Avarians, Lezghins are forced to make war in order to reinforce the borders that divide us and make the existing regime of assimilation established completely".
The address is exceptionally tough. It is signed on behalf of the Union of Avarian Jamaatis, Union of Lezghin Officers, All-Russian Union of Lezghin Youths, even the Talyush editorial office of an Iranian radio. All authors of the address, naturally, live outside Azerbaijan, and as we learned from Fazil Dashlay, a Rutuli writer, he personally has not been to Azerbaijan for many years.
"Our young men are forced to serve in the Azerbaijani army. Earlier, before Russia and Azerbaijan were divided by a rigid border regime, young men could go to Daghestan. Now it is impossible. After the border was closed, all ties were cut, and to tell the truth, we don't know in what conditions Rutulis live in Azerbaijan", - Fazil Dashlay said in an interview with GTimes.
Rutulis are a small nation living partly in Daghestan (Russia), partly in Azerbaijan. According to experts, up to 20 thousand Rutulis live outside Russia.