On behalf of the Azerbaijani people, all citizens of the republic I make the resolute protest in connection with the rough violation of the sovereignty of the Azerbaijani SSR and declaration by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of USSR of the State of Emergency in the capital of the republic – Baku city for implementation of which the cruel action against the peaceful population with using the hard military equipment and automatic weapon was carried out, which led to the numerous victims, among them were young people, women, old men and children.
I state with all responsibility, that the top bodies and administration of the Azerbaijani SSR didn’t take the decision to declare the state of emergency in Baku and didn’t give consent for adoption of a such decision by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of USSR. Those bodies and officials of USSR, which took this decision and provided its implementation, are responsible for the shed blood.
The Azerbaijani people will never forgive anyone the death of its daughters and sons.
Baku. January 21, 1990
The Statement of the Chairman of Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Azerbaijani SSR E.Gafarova