Artsakh Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on the anniversary of the Massacre of Armenians of Shushi.

‘‘Օn this day 101 years ago, the authorities of the Azerbaijani Republic, together with the regular Turkish army and numerous armed gangs, organized the massacre of the Armenian population of Shushi, almost completely destroying the historical capital of Artsakh. The Genocide in Shushi was the first manifestation of the aggressive policy pursued against Artsakh by an artificially created state called “Azerbaijan”. As a result of this monstrous crime, thousands of Armenians were killed, tens of thousands were forced to leave the town, the Armenian cultural heritage was destroyed, the people’s property was looted, and the sacred sites were desecrated.

This tragic event was a signal of what kind of policy Azerbaijan will adopt in the coming decades.

The fact that the international community didn’t give a proper assessment to the genocidal policy of Baku and Ankara and the criminals remained unpunished led to a new aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh on September 27, 2020 with the support of Turkey and the participation of international terrorists, resulting in the occupation of the town of Shushi.

The Armenians of Artsakh will never accept the loss of Shushi. Shushi was, is and will be an integral part of Artsakh, and everything will be done to liberate the occupied territories of the Republic and restore the historical justice.’’