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Hikmet Hajiyev: Not late to deprive former Soviet leader of Nobel Prize

Hikmet Hajiyev: Not late to deprive former Soviet leader of Nobel Prize

Politics
17 January 2020, 15:14 270
It is not too late to deprive First President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev of the Nobel Prize, Head of the Department for Foreign Policy Affairs of Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said.
Hajiyev made the remark at an event at ADA University in Baku dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the January 20 tragedy, Trend reports on Jan. 17.
"The January 20 tragedy was not just an event that happened on the night of January 19 to January 20, 1990,” the head of the department said. "The January 20 tragedy must be considered as a process which followed the Sumgayit events and then continued in Khojaly city."
Hajiyev stressed that a policy of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis was conducted in Armenia.
"This process also occurred in Nagorno-Karabakh region,” the head of the department added. "It was carried out after Heydar Aliyev was dismissed from his position in the political bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.”
"It is also necessary to consider the January 20 tragedy from a military point of view,” Hajiyev said. "A plan of occupation of Baku as a foreign city was prepared. Tanks and other armored vehicles were used. There was not only artillery. The goal was the mass destruction of people on the streets."