The Armenian terrorist group known as the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) has penetrated in Armenia’s security services and army, according to ASALA member Mardiros Jamgotchian.
Jamgotchian, who committed a terrorist attack in 1981 against an employee of the Turkish Consulate in Geneva, said in an interview with the Swiss magazine L'Hebdo that after 35 years, he still doesn’t regret committing his crime.
He enthusiastically and in detail described his crime in his interview.
The ASALA member doesn’t conceal the fact that after being released from a Geneva prison and coming back to Armenia, he began to maintain close relations with Armenian security services.
The terrorist was welcomed as a hero by his home country and shortly thereafter he was sent to Nagorno-Karabakh, where combat operations were going on at the moment, L'Hebdo reports.
Jamgotchian admitted in his interview that Yerevan openly supports the ASALA terrorist organization.
He noted he still visits the Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia and periodically speaks before soldiers.
L'Hebdo reports that Jamgotchian has lived in the US for four years, but the terrorist refused to say what he was doing there.
The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) terrorist organization operated actively from 1975 to the early 1990s.
More than a third of ASALA attacks were aimed at airports in different countries and 50 percent were aimed at diplomatic missions. ASALA terrorists also carried out a number of terrorist attacks against religious figures and media workers.
Forty-two Turkish diplomats were killed in ASALA attacks. The organization committed 110 terror acts in total.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.