Czech parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee adopts resolution recognizing Khojaly genocide (UPDATE)
Details added after the second paragraph (the first version was posted at 10:51)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.19 / Trend, S.Agayeva /
The Foreign Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech parliament adopted a resolution to recognize the Khojaly genocide, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's spokesman Elman Abdullayev said at the press briefing on Tuesday.
"The document honours the memory of the tragedy victims and expressed condolences to the Azerbaijani people," Abdullayev said.
He said the Committee has also condemned the ethnic cleansing against civilians.
The document says that the fact of tragedy is also condemned by a number of countries and authoritative international organizations, Abdullayev said.
The document, according to Abdullayev, also supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh.
This resolution is the sixth in row adopted on Khojaly genocide by parliaments of different countries this year, Abdullayev said.
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.