YEREVAN, February 27. / ARKA /. James Warlick, the U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, mandated to help Armenia and Azerbaijan hammer out a peace formula for the Karabakh conflict, wrote in his microblog on Twitter about Armenian pogroms in Azerbaijani Sumgait in late February in 1988.
"We remember Sumgait Both Armenia and Azerbaijan should maintain contact between people for the development of a climate of tolerance and trust," he wrote.
On February 26-29, 1988 mobs made up of ethnic Azeris formed into groups and went to attack and kill Armenians both on the streets and in their apartments in Sumgait; widespread looting and a general lack of concern from the authorities allowed the situation to worsen. The official death toll was 32 people. As a result some 14,000 ethnic Armenians were forced to flee the town.
Pogroms of the Armenian population continued in other cities of Azerbaijan and particularly, in Baku in - in January 1990. As a result, according to the State Migration Service of Armenia, in 1988-1992 some 360,000 Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan arrived in Armenia and another 140,000 fled to other former Soviet republics. -0-