Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
Turkish news agency TRT World twitted a video material regarding the 26th anniversary of the Feb. 26, 1992 massacre in Khojaly city of Azerbaijan.
The author of the material retold the history of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Khojaly tragedy, comparing it with other mass-murders of the modern history.
“No one has been held accountable for any murders. So, why hasn’t anyone heard of this?” the author asked.
The video referred to numerous attempts to highlight the tragedy in the western media and reasons for their failure.
“The massacre was soon forgotten. Many Western politicians and media outlets turned their attention to other conflicts. Azerbaijani media claims that mainstream media ignored it because of the strong political influence of Armenians in the West,” the author noted.
He underlined that although the UN passed resolutions against the Armenian occupation and the European Court of Human rights recognized the Khojaly massacre, no actions have ever been taken.
The video said that expelled Azerbaijanis still hope that one day the world will accept the truth about Khojaly.
“Will their call ever be answered?” concluded the author.
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.