(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 26. CEO of the
lagazetteaz.fr online newspaper, founded by trend News Agency in
France, Jean-Michel Brun published an article dedicated to the 31st anniversary of the
The article says that on the night of February 25-26, 1992, the
city of Khojaly became the object of the most terrible massacre of
the first Armenian-Azerbaijani Karabakh war. As a result of the
Khojaly tragedy, the lives of hundreds of innocent Azerbaijanis
were brutally killed.
'On Friday, February 24, in the cultural center of the
Azerbaijani Embassy in Paris, with the participation of many
officials, a concert program was organized dedicated to the memory
of the victims of the Khojaly tragedy, which is a massacre
remembered in history and which was in the media at the time when
it was committed, compared to the massacre at
31 years have passed since this event. Before the conflict,
Khojaly, with a population of 7,000, was considered the second
largest city in Karabakh. It had the only airport in the region,
which made this city a strategic one. In February 1992, the
situation was particularly tense. The city has been under siege by
Armenian troops since October 1991.
Since January 1992, telecommunications, electricity and water
lines have been cut off. The population suffered from food
shortages. The roads connecting Khojaly with the rest of the
country were blocked by enemy forces. Although helicopters were the
only means of transport that could reach the city, they were
regularly subjected to Armenian shelling. Faced with a very
difficult situation, the only way out for the people of Khojaly was
to cross the mountains and escape from the city on foot, which was
considered a very dangerous route.
The attack on the city took place on February 25, and the
Armenians told the residents that if they surrendered Khojaly, they
would be able to safely leave the city. The residents who remained
in the city until that tragic night - approximately 2500-3000 people - were forced to leave their
homes in the hope of taking refuge in one of the neighboring
settlements. But on the night of February 25-26, the city of
Khojaly was captured with the help of the 366th motorized rifle
regiment of the former USSR, which consisted mainly of Armenian
military personnel. The attackers razed Khojaly to the ground,
During this massacre, 613 innocent people were killed, including
106 women, 63 children and 70 old people, and several hundred were
injured. 8 families were completely destroyed, 25 children lost
both parents, and 130 children lost one of them. 56 people were
killed in especially brutal conditions: some were scalped, some
were beheaded, burned alive, eyes gouged out. Some of the bodies
were even dismembered. The bodies of pregnant women were found with
bayonets in their bellies.
As a result of this cruel tragedy, 1,275 people were taken
hostage. The fate of 150 people is still unknown. Wounded residents
who escaped shelling had to cross the mountains on foot, and many
of them froze to death,' the article said.
On this occasion, at the opening of the concert program
organized in the cultural center of the embassy, the Azerbaijani
Ambassador to France, Leyla Abdullayeva, noted that we cannot allow
the innocent victims to be forgotten.
'Khojaly left a mark in the minds of all Azerbaijanis. But
Khojaly is also a voice that should be heard all over the world.
That is why on May 8, 2008, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev
Foundation Leyla Aliyeva initiated the 'Justice for Khojaly'
international campaign. Thanks to this campaign, the Khojaly
massacre was officially recognized by the parliaments of 17
countries, 24 US states and 2 international organizations.
I hope that someday the French authorities will also express
their attitude towards this massacre of civilians.
Remember - is our duty. We must constantly explain and remember
the past, because those who forget it are doomed to relive it.
Forgiveness is not possible until justice is done and the
international community recognizes this reality. We demand not
revenge, but justice!' the ambassador said.
Further, several officials, including the first French
ambassador to Azerbaijan, Jean Perrin (1992-1996), made a speech
about the Khojaly tragedy.
'Following the Ambassador, the Permanent Representative of
Azerbaijan to UNESCO, Elman Abdullayev, and the deputy of the Milli
Majlis, the head of the Franco-Azerbaijani inter-parliamentary
group, Soltan Mammadov, once again recalled what Khojaly is like in
the memory of the Azerbaijani people and called on France to
express its opinion on what actually happened and what is happening
in this region now,' said the article.