Resolution on Khojaly genocide is document at highest level of Senate of Pakistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.20 /Trend S.Agayeva/
Pakistan, adopting a resolution strongly condemning the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, as well as the genocide of peaceful population of the town of Khojaly, committed by Armenian armed forces, called on the international community to force Armenia to implement resolutions of the UN Security Council, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov told Trend.
"The resolution calls on the international community to compel the Armenian side to the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the immediate liberation of all occupied territories. And last but not least, the resolution calls for bringing to justice all those responsible for Khojaly genocide" Shikarov told Trend on Monday.
Senate of Pakistan February 1 event recognized in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly genocide.
The Pakistani Senate has recognized events in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly in 1992 as genocide on February 1.
The resolution states that the Senate condemns the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenians and the genocide committed by Armenian armed forces in Khojaly in February 1992. It confirms Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and recognizes it within internationally recognized borders.
Shikarov said leaders of the pro-government and opposition parties, as well as chairmen of committees of the Senate were actively involved in a meeting chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Senate (Senate of Pakistan has only one deputy). This document was adopted unanimously by all participants in the session.
Shikarov noted that parliamentary traditions of Pakistan do not encourage consideration of issues concerning the other countries, but if this happens, the lawmakers are limited to a statement. "In our case, a resolution was adopted, which is the highest-level document, adopted by the Senate," Shikarov said.
Shikarov noted that a session of the Parliament in such a busy time for them - on the eve of the election - indicate the special respect of the Pakistani people to Azerbaijani one.
"As the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Salim Seyfulla Khan said adopted document should serve as a model for other countries" Shikarov said.
"Pakistan fully supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the official Islamabad has not yet been recognized Armenia as a state with regard to the occupation of Azerbaijani lands" Shikarov said.
Shikarov noted that the Pakistani people are well informed about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Khojaly genocide. Regular seminars and conferences on the subject organized by the Embassy in higher educational institutions, articles in leading publications, television programs keep this issue at the center of attention of the public of Pakistan, Shikarov said.
Armenian armed forces with the help of the 366th motor-rifling 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 1,275 people were taken into hostage. The fates of many of them are still unknown. After the 366th motor-rifling regiment's withdrawal from Khankendi, a major part of the military equipment owned by this military unit was transferred to the Armenian separatists.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the 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.