Azerbaijani students protest over Khojaly genocide in Edinburgh (PHOTO)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4

Protest actions dedicated to the 22nd anniversary of the Khojaly genocide were held in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were held on the initiative of Azerbaijani students studying in Edinburgh and with the support of the Azerbaijani embassy in Great Britain.

The posters with the slogan 'Justice for Khojaly', articles, photos and various publications devoted to the Khojaly tragedy were demonstrated during the three-day rallies held each day for five hours.

The Azerbaijani students in Edinburgh distributed more than 5000 booklets with information about the Khojaly tragedy to the public. The local population was informed about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and in particular about the Khojaly genocide.

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 1,000 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.

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 NH
Edited by SM

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