Politician: Azerbaijani native nations do not consider Armenians are their enemies
Politician Levon Melik-Shahnazayan met journalists today and spoke about the problems of ethnic nations in Azerbaijan. The politician underlined that they have started to struggle for their rights with new strength.
The speaker informed that the representatives of native nations in Azerbaijan have organized a big meeting in Moscow and expressed their protest towards the Azerbaijani authorities. They claimed their sons to be sent to serve at Azerbaijani-NK border.
According to the information by the politician 97 soldiers died in Azerbaijani Army last year and 47 of them were representatives of native nations. The index is increased this year.
L. Melik-Shahnazaryan also informed that the native nations started protects in Azerbaijan already in 1990s. Talishes even managed to proclaim their independent state but it was ''killed in blood'' by Azerbaijanis.
According to the politician the leaders of the native nations are killed in Azerbaijan or such conditions are created which force them just to leave Azerbaijan. The speaker also underlined that educational, cultural, economic rights of the native nations are ignored by Azerbaijani authorities. They even do not have right to speak in their own language in transport and do not have opportunity to watch TV on their own language.
Answering to the question whether it is possible the struggle against authorities to become a war the politician said that it was not excluded but it must not be expected in near future. ''We must underline that there is no assistance from the West. The Talishies expect Iranian assistance but Iran is cautious in this case. I want very much Armenians to realize that we have also relatives in the other side of border, in Azerbaijan''.
According to L. Melik-Shahnazayan Azerbaijani native nations do not consider Armenians are enemies. The NGO by Talishies, Avars, Lezgins, Ruturs establised in Armenia proves this. The NGO is called ''Brotherhood Bridge'' and has nearly 100 members.
Writers, intellectuals of Azerbaijani native nations are in the members of this NGO.