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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 18. The Council of
Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),
at its 49th session held in Nouakchott, on March 16-17, has adopted
a resolution calling on the international community to recognize
the Khojaly genocide as a crime against humanity and a war crime,
Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry told trend .
According to the ministry, the resolution on 'Solidarity with
the victims of the 1992 Khojaly massacre' condemned the mass
killings committed against Azerbaijani civilians in Khojaly on
February 26, 1992, also expressing support for the“Justice for
The council also adopted resolutions on“Eliminating the
consequences of the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against
Azerbaijan”,“Support for economic and social development
activities in the Republic of Azerbaijan's liberated areas from the
occupation” and“Destruction and desecration of historical and
cultural monuments and traces of the Islamic religion in the
territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan as a result of the
aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of
These resolutions strongly condemned the policy of occupation
and aggression committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan for almost
30 years, and express support to the government and people of
Azerbaijan in eliminating severe consequences of the occupation, as
well as the restoration and reconstruction work.
During the Karabakh war, Armenian military committed an act of
genocide against the population of Azerbaijan's Khojaly town
consisting of 7,000 people on Feb. 26, 1992.
As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70
old people were killed as a result of the massacre. A total of
1,000 civilians became disabled in the onslaught. Eight families
were completely annihilated, 130 children lost one parent, while 25
lost both parents. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken
hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.
The Khojaly genocide became one of the most terrible and tragic
pages of Azerbaijani history.
To date, the Khojaly genocide has been recognized by such
foreign organizations as the National Assembly of Djibouti, the
Congress of Guatemala, the National Congress of Honduras, Foreign
Relations Committee of the Senate of Pakistan, the Parliament of
Paraguay, the Congress of Peru, and Foreign Relations Committee of
the Turkish National Assembly.