Top official: Armenia’s former and current leadership commit Khojaly genocide

Top official: Armenia’s former and current leadership commit Khojaly genocide

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /

Armenia's former and current leadership and Nagorno-Karabakh separatist regime committed Khojaly genocide, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov told Trend today.

"The Azerbaijani President addressed to the Azerbaijani people in connection with the 20th anniversary of Khojaly genocide," he said. "The statement says that the committed genocide and the horrors of this tragedy are a crime against humanity. The statement unequivocally says that this genocide was committed by Armenia's former and current leadership, the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh. It was officially stated in the document that these criminals will be brought before an international court, the court of justice one day and answer for the atrocities committed in Khojaly, these crimes against the person."

The Azerbaijani President's statement says that the world community must be informed about the horrors of the Khojaly genocide. There is an appeal that political and legal assessment must be given to the genocide. The statement emphasizes that the world community has carried out certain work in this area for the last 20 years, Hasanov said.
"Some countries and international organizations, such as Pakistan, Mexico, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, gave a legal and political assessment to this crime," he said. "But afterwards, the Azerbaijani government must carry out systematic work on legal and political assessment of this tragedy in most countries and familiarize the world public with the Khojaly events. Azerbaijan, its relevant diplomatic bodies, Azerbaijanis who reside abroad, Diaspora organizations, other non-governmental organizations, as well as Azerbaijani media must conduct systematic work in this area."

Hasanov said that the question was raised that Azerbaijan needs the suppression of such events as the Khojaly genocide, political assessment of such events as the Khojaly tragedy, the condemnation of these events in the world for these events not to be committed on the one hand, and for the true face of Armenians, which Azerbaijan saw during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, aggressive policy, which they conduct in the region, their inhumane actions, to be exposed on the other hand.

The events related to the Khojaly genocide will be held in 70 countries today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, he said.

"These events will be conducted in the form of different funeral processions, numerous meetings, pickets in front of the offices of some international organizations, big conferences and in another form," he said. "Not only Azerbaijanis worldwide, the organizations representing the Azerbaijanis, but also the citizens of foreign countries, the organizations dealing with human rights, parliamentarians, community, media representatives will join these events."

Azerbaijan has directed all its efforts for the Khojaly genocide to be fairly assessed in the world, Hasanov said.

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