Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.25 /Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should join efforts for the recognition of the Khojaly genocide at world scale. OIC Secretary General, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu made this statement at an event in the Saudi city of Jeddah that honors the memory of the Khojaly genocide victims, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.
According to Ihsanoglu, the OIC does its utmost for the recognition of the genocide at world scale.
He called on Armenia to immediately liberate the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
The event was also attended by Director of the Islamic Development Bank Ahmad Mohamed Ali, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Rasim Rzayev and Turkish Consul in Jeddah Fikret Ozer.
On Feb. 25-26 February, 1992, Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi (earlier Stepanakert) committed an act of genocide towards the population of Azerbaijani Khojaly town.
Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were killed, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.
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