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Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Mustafa Destici has urged the Turkish Parliament to recognize the Khojaly massacre, committed on Feb. 26, 1992 in neighboring Azerbaijan, as genocide to honor the victims ahead of the massacre's 21st anniversary.
“Even in Mexico it has been recognized as genocide; however, unfortunately it has already been 21 years that the Turkish Parliament has not made the decision to recognize the tragedy as genocide,” Destici said in Ankara on Saturday at his party's executive committee meeting, urging the legislative assembly to convene for this purpose.
Calling the Khojaly massacre one of the most tragic chapters in the whole of the Turkic world, Destici offered his condolences to the Azerbaijani people for the victims brutally killed by Armenian armed forces in the tragedy, while cursing those who committed what he called a "mass slaughter."
Elsewhere on Saturday, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) representatives came together in Galatasaray Square in İstanbul's Beyoğlu to collect signatures for a bid to help the Khojaly massacre be recognized by the Turkish Parliament as genocide.
The Khojaly massacre has so far been recognized by the parliaments of Turkey, Pakistan, Mexico and the Czech Republic as well as by the US states of New Mexico, Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Maine and Arkansas. The international Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has also adopted a resolution recognizing the Khojaly massacre.
Worldwide Azerbaijanis commemorate Khojaly massacre, call for justice
Twenty-one years have passed since the Khojaly massacre, when 613 innocent Azerbaijanis, including 63 children and 106 women, were brutally killed on Feb. 26, 1992 by Armenian soldiers directed by current Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan, along with Russia's 366th armored battalion, as part of a bloody war over Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan from 1988-1994.
Azerbaijanis around the world staged rallies to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Khojaly massacre on Saturday, along with a series of events organized in various countries paying tribute to those who were brutally killed in the worst massacre of the Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Being one of the worst atrocities of the war, which left 30,000 people from both sides killed and hundreds of thousands homeless, the Khojaly massacre was commemorated in Azerbaijan's embassy in Tokyo on Saturday when Azerbaijani Ambassador to Japan Gürsel İsmayilzade recounted the tragic night of Feb. 26, 1992 to Japanese officials and nearly 50 citizens.
In an address to the press, İsmayilzade said that the Japanese government is well informed about the Khojaly massacre; however the public has very limited information about the tragedy. “Japan has always been in solidarity with Azerbaijan, especially with regards to this issue. And we are trying to inform the Japanese people as to what happened in Azerbaijan back in 1992,” İsmayilzade said, adding that Sarksyan, who was re-elected president following polls held last Monday, must be held to account for the crime he has committed against humanity. The commemoration ceremony was followed by a slide show of photos and a piano recital.
The Khojaly massacre was also commemorated in Washington, Ukraine, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), Sweden and in different parts of Turkey, with protesters calling on the international community not to tolerate crimes against humanity.Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2013, 18:12