Turkey condemns Khojaly Massacre on its 22nd anniversary
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
ANKARA - Turkey strongly condemned the 1992 Khojaly mass killings of 613 of Azeri civilians on theTurkey-Azerbaijan border on Wednesday - the 22nd anniversary of the massacre.
The Turkish Parliament described the massacre in a joint declaration as "one of the darkest pages of human history that has prevailing effects on the peace, tranquility and stability of the region."
The joint declaration reiterated Turkey's call upon the OECD Minsk Group and the international community to display the necessary reaction and give importance to the massacre in order to "prevent such further acts of aggression."
The document also condemned the Armenian occupation, which has been persisting over Azerbaijan's territories for decades.
In this regard, Secretary General of Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Ismet Buyukataman said, "Armenia is labeling Turkey with genocide in the international arena while blindfolding on its own hatred and genocide in Khojaly."
"The perpetrators should be tried in international courts," said Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker, Ali Ozgunduz.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler tweeted that Turkey will make Khojaly massacre "remembered".
"We have not forgotten the massacre in Khojali, will not forget it and will make it unforgettable as well," said Isler.
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, his spouse, Mehriban Aliyeva, and other officials visited the Khojaly Martyrs' Monument in the Azeri capital, Baku, where thousands of Azeri people rushed to commemorate the victims.
On Feb. 26, 1992, Armenian military forces took over the town of Khojaly, battering it with heavy artillery and tanks, assisted by the 366th CIS Infantry Regiment.
The two-hour offensive killed 613 Azeri citizens, including 106 women and 63 children, and critically wounded 487 others.
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