Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Khojaly tragedy is one of the last acts of genocide in the 20th century, according to Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, the Chairman of the State Committee for Deals of Refugees and IDPs, Ali Hasanov.
Hasanov made the remarks on June 20 at the ceremony of presentation of a three-volume book titled "Leyla Aliyeva: "Justice for Khojaly!" (A new strategic model against international Armenian terror) by writer and publicist, honored journalist, Vasif Samadov and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Rovshan Valizadeh.
The deputy prime minister said the Khojaly genocide got a political assessment just after Azerbaijan's national leader Heydar Aliyev returned to the country's leadership.
Hasanov went on to add that Azerbaijan's national leader Heydar Aliyev carried out corresponding work and gave instructions aimed at bringing the truth about this tragedy to the world community's attention.
He also underscored that this work was continued by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
The deputy prime minister said this activity was joined by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation as well.
"This campaign was also joined by Azerbaijani organizations abroad at an instruction from the head of state," Hasanov stressed.
He noted that over the period since this activity was joined by the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, even greater work has been carried out in this area, than in the last 17 years.
Hasanov said the international community has been informed about the Khojaly tragedy.
Azerbaijani deputy prime minister stressed that the main perpetrators of the Khojaly tragedy are Armenia's ex-president Robert Kocharyan, its current president, Serzh Sargsyan, the separatist regime's head Arkadi Ghukasyan and Seyran Ohanyan.
"The international community is now claiming that Azerbaijan has to solve the problem with these criminals and fascists," Hasanov said.
"Injustice is continuing in the world, the number of conflict zones and acts of genocide is increasing, and the only thing we can rely on is our people and the state. President Ilham Aliyev is carrying out relevant work to solve this problem."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Edited by CN