Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 13 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Khojaly genocide must get an international legal assessment, chairman of the People's Assembly (Parliament) of Republic of Korea Park Hee-Tae said.
"The Khojaly tragedy must be studied in detail," Park Hee-Tae told media in Baku today. "It should get legal assessment at an international level."
The speaker of the South Korean Parliament said that he does not have detailed information on the events in Khojaly, but he would really like to know more about them.
Armenian armed forces with the help of the 366th motor-rifle regiment occupied Azerbaijan's Khojaly city and committed genocide killing hundreds of innocent people because of their ethnic background on February 26, 1992. As a result, 613 people were savagely killed, 487 were injured, and 1275 people were taken as hostage. The fates of many of them are still unknown. After the 366th motor-rifle regiment's withdrawal from Khankendi, a major part of the military equipment owned by this military unit was transferred to the Armenian separatists.
Mr Hee-Tae also stressed that the Republic of Korea supports Azerbaijan's desire for peace in the region.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.