Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
A number of Azerbaijani MPs participate in events, meetings held abroad in connection with the Khojaly genocide, Ogtay Asadov, speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament, said at the plenary session of the Azerbaijani parliament Feb. 23.
Asadov said that following the meeting, several MPs will go abroad to participate in events dedicated to the Khojaly genocide.
"The European Parliament is preparing an appeal in connection with the Khojaly genocide,” he said. “The Azerbaijani parliament will take certain actions in this direction."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries 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.
On Feb. 25-26, 1992, the 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. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed in the massacre. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.