Baku showcases ‘park of trophies’ displaying the helmets of Armenian troops who died in Nagorno-Karabakh battle.
Armenia on Tuesday accused its historic rival Azerbaijan of fomenting ethnic hatred by displaying helmets of Armenian troopers killed through the warfare between the neighbouring international locations final yr.
A decades-long battle over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area erupted into all-out warfare in September, killing greater than 6,000 folks.
Six weeks of preventing led to November with Armenia’s defeat. Yerevan ceded swathes of territories to Baku below a Russian-backed ceasefire, which was seen in Armenia as a nationwide humiliation.
On Monday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited a “park of trophies” showcasing army gear seized from Armenian troops through the warfare.
“Everybody who visits the park of army trophies will see the energy of our military, will see our willpower, and the way onerous it was to attain victory,” Aliyev mentioned in a video deal with printed on his web site.
A whole lot of helmets of Armenian troopers killed within the warfare had been displayed within the park in central Baku in addition to wax mannequins of Armenian troops.
The park, as a consequence of be opened to the general public shortly, sparked uproar in Armenia, with the nation’s international ministry accusing Azerbaijan of “publicly degrading the reminiscence of the victims of the warfare, lacking individuals and prisoners of warfare, and violating the rights and dignity of their households.”
“Azerbaijan is lastly consolidating its place as a world centre of intolerance and xenophobia,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
Armenian ombudsman Arman Tatoyan mentioned the park was “proof of genocidal coverage” that “clearly confirms institutional hatred in the direction of Armenians in Azerbaijan”.
This sentiment was shared by most individuals within the Armenian capital Yerevan, the place mass anti-government protests have been held repeatedly towards Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resolution to conform to the humiliating truce, main him to name snap polls in June.
“That is true fascism,” 41-year-old historian Mher Barsegyan instructed the AFP information company.
The park “remembers proof of Hitler’s barbarism that’s exhibited in museums around the globe”, he mentioned.
Ethnic Armenians declared independence for Nagorno-Karabakh and seized management of the area in a brutal warfare within the Nineteen Nineties that left tens of 1000’s lifeless and compelled lots of of 1000’s from their properties.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have traded accusations of warfare crimes after the battle – which had been largely dormant for many years – re-ignited in September.