In the recent period, the epistolary genre has been an integral part of Azerbaijani propaganda's activities. Anyone who will take the trouble writes letters: mythical little girls, just as mythical Armenian boys, "terror victims" and MPs. The turn of Ramiz Fataliyev, former head of the Commission on the Investigation of the Aghdam Events of 1992 under Azerbaijan's Milli Majlis (parliament), came and he addressed his letter to American congressmen.
Mr Fataliyev, apparently remembering about the poor fate of his compatriots who dared to tell the truth about those events, decided not to take a risk and kept silent about the objective data collected during the official investigation under his guidance.
Back in 2009, he lifted the veil in the prehistory of the Khojaly events xocali.net/ru/interview_fataliev.html, and clearly made understand that it were their own forces who crossed up the Khojaly residents and deliberately left them to die.
"Four days remained until the Khojaly events. The National Security Council held a meeting on February 22 with the participation of the President, Prime Minister, KGB Chairman and others.
So far, no one knows where the mistake was made and who made it. The meeting decided not to evacuate the people from Khojaly.
It was believed that by evacuating the population, we would invite the Armenians to occupy the settlement. That is, we ourselves incited the Armenians to take the offensive. Even the Security Council members knew that the Armenians could not carry out actions like genocide. They thought that if the people left, we ourselves would give up Khojaly.
That political short-sightedness and lack of knowledge about the situation resulted in what I spoke about from rostrum. There is a transcript and it is possible to check this. The people heard what they wanted to hear."
Rizvan Huseynov, who is an active figure in Azerbaijani propaganda, attempted to accuse the founders of xocali.net website of distorting the interview, but he did it a bit strangely, going only by the use of synonyms that are specified in the Azerbaijani-Russian dictionary and do not change the essence of Fataliyev's statement.
An excerpt from Huseynov's "accusation" is presented below.
"In Armenian interpretation Fataliyev's words sound this way: "Four days remained until the Khojaly events. The National Security Council held a meeting on February 22 with the participation of the President, Prime Minister, KGB Chairman and others. The meeting decided not to evacuate the people from Khojaly. That is, we ourselves incited the Armenians to take the offensive. Even the Security Council members knew that the Armenians could not carry out actions like genocide."
However, when you read Fataliyev's interview in the original, you see that in the last phrase, he said a different thing: "Even the Security Council members did not believe that the Armenians would carry out such an act that later turned out to be genocide (seizure of Khojaly – R.H.).
Rizvan Huseynov kept silent about how the difference between the words "knowledge" and "belief" cancels the fact of the decision made at the National Security Council meeting not to evacuate the population and leave the people to die under fire. The Azerbaijani-Russian dictionary says nothing about it either.
This is how the phrase in question looks in the original: "”ermənilər sonradan genosidə çevrilən belə bir işə gedərlər”. Let us look up for its meaning in a dictionary: 1) turn, turn over, turn away; 2) turn into something similar, turn into something like; 3) be overturned, overturn; 4) arch. be translated (from one language into another). That is, the text contains such a phrase: "such acts (actions), /later the variants/ turning into, turning out to be something like/."
In the interview, Fataliyev more than once highlights that the Khojaly events took place because of the struggle for power between Azerbaijan's People's Front and President Mutallibov, because of political short-sightedness (literally, the word "lack of foresight" is mentioned there). Further, this very meaning lays in the phrase "No one believed." "Actions like genocide" or "acts that later turned out to be genocide" is in no way the pivotal idea or the key point.
What is important is the fact that irrespective of whether the Azerbaijani authorities believed or knew, the people were left to the mercy of fate and were used as a human wall – armed formations protected themselves with women and children while withdrawing from the settlement. And that decision is the key point in Fataliyev's interview. Rizvan Huseynov also understands this and tries to distract the attention to alleged inaccuracy in translation.
Let us, however, return to Ramiz Fataliyev who four years later in his letter mentions his involvement in the investigation but keeps silent about the outcome of the investigation and why in 1994 the commission was closed down and the results were placed on the secret list.
"However, today also, it can be said that the Khojaly events happened because of indifference, wrong appointment of personnel and political short-sightedness. It can be said that for the achievement of several political goals and retention of the seat Khojaly was not ceded," Fataliyev says, meanwhile keeping silent about where and under what circumstances the bodies of the dead were found and what happened to them four days later. It is noteworthy that Fataliyev, staking his life on it, repeats the "official" figure of 613 dead.
We do not know whether Mr Fataliyev personally participated in making of the list of names, but the fact is that during more than 20 past years none of the official lists has 613 names. Moreover, the largest "official" list has 531 names. At the same time, they include "the missing," the armed militants, who were later posthumously awarded by Heydar Aliyev, and peaceful residents. Besides, out of the aforementioned 531 names, only 80 were identified. These were the people who were born and received passports in Khojaly. Who are the remaining 451 people, Mr Fataliyev? Could you explain how this girl appeared on the list of the dead on the night of February 26, 1992?
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