Peru’s Parliament approves decision on Khojaly genocide (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, June 13 / Trend /
Peru's Parliament approves a decision on the Khojaly genocide, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said today.
A decision was approved following the discussions in Peru's parliament. According to it, the country's legislators expressed full respect for the sovereignty of the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples. They urge the governments of these countries to rapidly agree on the format which will put an end to the conflict.
According to the decision, any peace agreement will contribute to the restoration of harmony between nations and will serve to strengthen the relations between the peoples.
On Feb.25-26 February, 1992, Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi (previously Stepanakert) committed an act of genocide towards the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.
Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were killed, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.
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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.