Stop a hateful incident

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St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church located in Toronto (45 Hallcrown Pl, North York, ON M2J 4Y4) and the Armenian Youth Center (50 Hallcrown Pl. North York, ON M2J 4Y4) have been displaying a “flag” representing a self-proclaimed “state” of Garabagh (Karabagh), the territory of Republic of Azerbaijan currently occupied by Armenian army.

Many of the Canadian Azerbaijani community members have moved to Canada from Karabagh after its occupation by Armenian troops and massacre of its Azerbaijani population. These people currently live in proximity of that church and Youth Center and have to pass by those “flags” every morning on their way to work.

This icon/flag incarnates an act of premeditated crime against humanity, amounting to a genocide and such hateful incident takes place in our community.

It is to be mentioned that the UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions (822, 853, 874 and 884) and made six statements on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Each of the abovementioned resolutions and statements condemns the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and adjacent territories of Azerbaijan and demands the immediate suspension of hostilities and withdrawal of all occupying forces from the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Considering that the so-called “state of Karabakh” has not been recognized internationally, we believe that the City of Toronto must take action in this regard. We, as an Azerbaijani Canadian institution object strongly the fact that in a country like Canada such an injustice can take place. Therefore, we ask that the offending icon, in the form of a flag of the occupying Armenian armed forces to be taken down.