Azerbaijani governing party to address int’l organizations on Khojali Genocide
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend , A. Huseynbala/
The Azerbaijani governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) will address international organizations and parliaments on the Khojali Genocide.
"We intend to draw the international community's attention to the crimes committed by Armenians against our compatriots on the 17th anniversary of the Khojali Genocide," NAP Deputy Executive Secretary and member of parliament Siyavush Novruzov told Trend .
On the night of Feb. 25, 1992, Armenian separatists seized the Khojali settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Within hours, over 600 unarmed Azerbaijani citizens were killed. Among them were 106 women and 83 children. The massacre continued for days, while the Armenian separatists killed their hostages and cut the heads off of Azerbaijani military personnel. A total of 487 people were left disabled and 1,275 people were taken prisoner. The fate of 150 people remains unknown.
Novruzov said local NAP organizations will hold a commemorative ceremony on the Khojali Genocide.
"We plan to hold an event in front of a monument to Khojali victims in Baku on Feb. 26," he said.
The NAP was established by Nakhchivan Parliamentary Speaker Heydar Aliyev in 1992.
President Ilham Aliyev is the party's chairman. The party has ruled the country for 15 years.
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