Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
A protest rally took place in front of the Armenian Consulate General in Ukraine’s Odessa on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Ukraine told Trend.
The protest rally was jointly organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Ukraine and the United Congress of Azerbaijanis of Ukraine.
After holding a protest ride in their cars under slogans “Khojaly genocide!”, “Criminals must be punished!”, “Justice for Khojaly!” in the central part of the city, the protesters gathered in front of the Armenian Consulate General in Odessa.
Participants of the protest rally demanded the Armenian authorities to withdraw their troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories and stressed that Armenia will answer for its every committed crime.
The protest rally ended after a resolution addressed to the criminal authorities of Armenia was read out and black balloons were released to the sky to commemorate the victims of the Khojaly genocide.
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.