Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.26
By Temkin Jafarov Trend:
Iranian parliament (Iran's Islamic Consultative Assembly) plans to discuss the Khojaly genocide, Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak Ayeen told Trend.
"Iran shares the Azerbaijani nation`s pain regarding the Khojaly genocide," he said. "Iran condemns any massacre committed against any person or any government"
Pak Ayeen noted that in late September it was agreed that the parliamentary friendship groups of the two countries would prepare a joint letter and send it to the Iranian Parliament, stating their position on the Khojaly event.
Iran treats the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with sensitivity, and rejects any outside interference in resolving regional conflicts, the ambassador stressed.
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 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostages, while the fate of 150 people remains unknown.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N