From the speech of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev at the meeting at Johns Hopkins University in Washington

15 February 2000

Azerbaijanis had been living in Zangezur for a long time. At one time, the majority of the population of Zangezur were Azerbaijanis. However, when the Soviet Union was formed and the borders of the republics were drawn, Zangezur became a part of Armenia. Azerbaijanis gradually moved from there. There lived more Azerbaijanis in Mehri region up to 1988, 1989, and 1990 than Armenians.