Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
Members of the Azerbaijani Youth Organization in Lithuania held a flashmob in the center of Vilnius dedicated to the Khojaly genocide, Azerbaijan's Embassy in Lithuania said in a message on Feb. 23.
The event was held with the support of the embassy upon a special permission of the Vilnius Town Hall in the crowded places and in front of the Town Hall.
Over 2,000 candles that burned all night on an area of 100 square meters formed #KHOJALY.
Along with Azerbaijani students receiving education in Vilnius and Kaunas universities, Lithuanian youth took an active part in the flashmob.
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 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.
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.