Lead Translator: Ani Melqonian
The Republics of Armenia and Artsakh are facing imminent threats to their existence from Azerbaijan and Turkey, where presidents Ilham Aliev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan regularly engage in Armenophobic rhetoric. The Lemkin Institute is offering independent, annotated translations of these statements as well as of other instances of Armenophobia in the Azeri and Turkish languages.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev Threatened Armenians in a Speech from the Ancient Armenian City of Shushi
November 8, 2022
On November 8 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited the occupied Armenian city of Shushi to celebrate Azerbaijan’s “Victory Day,” a national holiday commemorating the end of the 44-Day War. Aliyev delivered this speech in front of Azeri servicemen in which he threatened the renewed use of force against Armenia and Artsakh. This speech is evidence of state-sponsored and ethnically-motivated hatred against Armenians on the part of Azerbaijani authorities and reflects the overall genocidal ideology of the Azerbaijani state and military. The speech also demonstrates the radicalizing effect of international silence in the face of the Aliyev regime’s atrocities and acts of aggression.