Turkish opposition demands recognition of Khojaly tragedy as genocide

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.26

By Rufiz Hafizoglu- Trend:

Turkish Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Mustafa Destici has called The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) for the recognition of the Khojaly tragedy as genocide, the Turkish Bu Gun newspaper reported on Feb. 26.

"The Turkish Grand National Assembly should recognize the Khojaly tragedy as genocide in 2014," he said

"This atrocity committed against the Azerbaijani Turks will never be erased from the memory," Destici noted

On February 25-26, 1992 Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.

Some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people. A total of 1000 civilians were disabled during the genocide.

Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both.

Some 1275 innocent residents were taken hostages, while the fate of 150 people remains unknown.

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