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Unknown Facts of Barbaric Destruction of Maraga Village

          Each Armenian knows well the word   (aprel) which in Armenian means “to live”. It is consonant to the month of April. In fact, the connotation of April is warmth, revival and awakening of the nature.
          Unfortunately, April also reminds of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and the tragedy in the village of Maraga in Mountainous Karabagh.
          April 10, 2002 is the day when ten years ago tanks, heavy military equipment and infantry of the Azeri armed forces broke into the peaceful village Maraga, neighboring the Azeri town of Mirbashir. Barbaric massacre was inflicted. 45 people were tortured to death. 49 people were taken hostage, of them 9 children, 18 women, 3 elderly (one of the elderly people was visually impaired). 19 of them are still missing. The massacre continued from April 22 through April 23 when the survived residents of Maraga returned to the village to bury the dead.

          These facts are confirmed by the International Human Rights Organization “Helsinki Watch”'.
          April 10 is marked each year as the memory day of the events that took place on the same day in 1992 in Maraga village (Martakert Region). Words fail to describe and qualify what happened there. The history of the Karabagh movement is full of facts of vandalism and sadism towards the Armenians. Nevertheless, the Maraga events are of special notice. At the same time, they constitute a successive link in the Armenian genocide of 1988-1992.
          These are the words of Baroness Caroline Cox, the speaker of the House of Lords, a person who visited Maraga practically right after the tragedy.
          The pictures taken by Baroness Cox during the autopsy of the corpses, the testimonies of the eyewitnesses who miraculously escaped from the sanguinary hell cannot leave anyone indifferent.
           By its cruelty and barbarism this tragedy does not yield neither to Sumgayit, Khatin nor the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in Turkey. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons so far the Maraga events have not been openly considered at the official level in the process of negotiations whereas the fictitiously created story of Khojalu and the hysteria around it continues to be the focus of the foreign mass media by which the imposed idea of the cruelty of the Armenians and innocence of the Azeris, the victims of the Armenian aggressors is brought to the attention of the world public.
          The majority of the residents of Maraga settled in Russia. The Russians sheltered them, taking under protection the oppressed and miserable people of Maraga. We are thankful to them. It is appropriate to address the following question to the top Azeri politicians: if they consider themselves to be champions of the truth why they were silent about the tragedy of Maraga, why didn’t they atone? Many people of Maraga are readily return to Maraga, visit the tombs of their ancestors, parents and the innocent victims of April 10 but Azerbaijan would hardly be ready to give such chance to them!
          The tragedy of Maraga implies a layer of unclaimed and untried opportunities in the peaceful resolution of the Karabagh problem through negotiations. There the deep origins of the interrelations between the two neighboring nations who now appear to be on the opposite sides of the barricade are concentrated. Despite of the major delay, it is necessary to speak openly about the tragedy of Maraga and use this factor in the negotiations process on Karabagh.
          The tragedy of Maraga proves that after all neither the people of Maraga, nor the other people of Karabagh living in the occupied territories will ever be able be live under the yoke of Azerbaijan again. They will strive for independence and freedom. It’s their right. Man has the right to freedom and independence.