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Iran's parliament considers issue of recognizing Khojaly tragedy as genocide

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 24 August 2012 20:25 (UTC +04:00)
Iran's parliament is considering the issue of recognizing Khojaly tragedy as genocide, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and the Pacific Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi told media in Baku today.
Iran's parliament considers issue of recognizing Khojaly tragedy as genocide

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 24 / Trend T. Jafarov /

Iran's parliament is considering the issue of recognizing Khojaly tragedy as genocide, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and the Pacific Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi told media in Baku today.

"It is necessary to thoroughly investigate historical events before expressing attitude toward them," he said. "The issue of recognizing Khojaly tragedy as genocide is being considered in the Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament."

The Armenian military forces committed genocide in Khojaly on Feb. 26, 1992. Some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men.

A total of 1000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were annihilated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.

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