The events of January 20 developed amid a severe information blockade, Hikmat Hajiyev, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration said, as quoted by Report.
"Television and press opportunities were completely limited to hide these massacres in Baku from the international community," he said.
"The late great leader Heydar Aliyev was the first to provide the international community with complete and accurate information about the Baku massacres and the January 20 tragedy. His visit to the Azerbaijani representation in Moscow to assess the events and his appeals to the international community broke the information blockade formed around the January 20 tragedy.
"In the following years, from the first days of the late great leader's coming to power, the tragedy of January 20 was assessed at the national level, and it became an integral part of our history as a heroic chronicle of the Azerbaijani people. We are already celebrating the January 20 tragedy in a different spirit and harmony than in previous years, because Azerbaijani lands have already been liberated from occupation. As a proud nation who liberated their lands from occupation by showing heroism, the Azerbaijani people view the January 20 tragedy as an integral part of our history," Hajiyev said.