Turkish MP hopes for country’s parliament to recognize Khojaly genocide
Ankara, Turkey, Feb.22
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish MP Sinan Ogan hopes that the parliament of Turkey will recognize the Khojaly genocide, Trend's special correspondent reported.
Unfortunately, justice regarding the Khojaly genocide has been established yet, the MP told reporters in Ankara.
Parliaments of some countries have already recognized the Khojaly genocide.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on February 25-26, 1992.
As a result of the massacre, some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. A total of 487 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people remains unknown.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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