Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey strongly condemns the Khojaly massacre and the continuing occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in its statement on Feb. 26.
On Feb, 26, 1992, hundreds of Azerbaijani citizens, including women and children were massacred and wounded by the Armenian troops during their attack on Khojaly town in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region, the statement noted.
“The fate of the missing people is still unknown today. This inhuman aggression against civilians was engraved in the memories of the international community and deeply wounded the common conscience."
Turkey commiserates deeply with Azerbaijani brothers and sisters over this brutal attack and massacre, which they suffered 26 years ago, and shares their pain, the statement concluded.
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.