Political, public figures pay tribute to Khojaly victims in Kyiv
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
A commemorative event dedicated to the Khojaly genocide was organized by the United Congress of Azerbaijanis of Ukraine in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine.
Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Work with Diaspora told Trend that the event, organized in the building of the Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform, was attended by Ukrainian MPs, political and public figures.
Addressing the event, Rovshan Tagiyev, chairman of the United Congress of Azerbaijanis of Ukraine, spoke about the genocide committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis in Khojaly town on Feb. 26, 1992, and the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia.
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.