Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 25
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan will be liberated and the perpetrators of the Khojaly genocide will be punished, Speaker Oqtay Asadov said at the plenary session of the Azerbaijani Parliament on Feb. 25.
The MPs revered the Khojaly genocide victims with a moment of silence at the beginning of the plenary session of the Parliament.
"The Khojaly tragedy is a crime not only against Azerbaijanis, but against the whole of humanity," he said.
"We are confident that this crime will not remain unpunished," he said.
"February 26 is declared as the Day of Remembrance of the Khojaly Genocide Victims' Memory in Azerbaijan upon the Azerbaijani Parliament's decision," he said. "After the national leader of Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev returned to power, much work was conducted to inform the world community about this tragedy."
The speaker stressed that a number of international organizations and countries approved important documents in connection with the Khojaly genocide.
Members of the Latvia-Azerbaijan group of friendship on a visit to Azerbaijan from Latvia also attended the plenary session of the Azerbaijani Parliament.
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.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN