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Azerbaijan hosts a memorial meeting on the Black January Day of AzerbaijanAzerbaijanis, Koreans refresh memory of Azerbaijani Tragedy

The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Korea hosted a prayer meeting at the Penthouse of the Hanam Tower Building in Seoul on Jan. 19, 2015 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 20 January 1990 Tragedy in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.

Dozens of guests attended the meeting, including Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post, Director Kwon Sang-Hee of Halla Corporation for Overseas Business Department and Professor Song Byoung-Jun of Soon Chun Hyang University. There also were many active members of the Azerbaijan-Korea Student Association (BUTA), the representatives of Korean companies and organizations operating in Azerbaijan as well as representatives of the local.

▲Photo shows Ambassador Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post and Director Kwon Sang-Hee of Halla Cooperation (second, third and fourth from right, front row, respectively) offering a silent prayer.

The event started with a moment of silence in honor the memory of the victims of the 20 January tragedy.
Opening the ceremony, Ambassador Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan informed guests about the main causes of the bloody January tragedy when the Soviet troops had committed a massacre against civilian Azerbaijanis, who took to the street for their independence and territorial integrity. Ambassador Teymurov called the tragedy one of the bloodiest crimes of the Soviet empire against the citizens of Azerbaijan. He drew the participants' attention to the fact that the Soviet troops had used internationally prohibited weapons in Baku, and slaughtered women, children and senior citizens. The envoy also spoke of the Azerbaijani government’s attention to families of those who had been killed in the tragic events.
At the same time, Ambassador Teymurov emphasized that the crime committed by the Soviet army was in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations and other international legal instruments on human rights.

▲Ambassador Ramzi Teymurovof Azerbaijan and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post (10th and 11th from right, respective, pose with Professor Song Byoung-Jun (5th from right) and Second Secretary Farrukh Jumayev and Third Secretary Sarkhan Aghakishiyev of Azerbaijani Embassy (far right and second from right, respectively) along with other participants in the meeting. Standing in group at left are members of the Korean-Azerbaijani student association.

The event provided an insight into the events that led to and followed the tragedy, including national leader Heydar Aliyev's coming to Azerbaijani representation in Moscow immediately after the massacre where he strongly condemned the perpetrators of the crime and demanded their punishment.
Then the ceremony featured demonstration of documentary film about the 20 January tragedy, and the participants viewed a photo exhibition.
On display at the entrance of the conference hall were many copies of the January 2015 issue of The Korea Post magazinewhere an article on "The 25th anniversary of the Black January of Azerbaijan" was published. Many guests took a copy each to learn more about the tragedy.

▲People throng to the funeral ceremony of the 20 January victims at the Freedom square in Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

이경식 기자  edt@koreapost.com

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