Turkish minister marks 1992 Khojaly massacre

Turkey will never forget Khojaly, Mevlut Cavusoglu says on eve of 25th anniversary of occupied-Karabakh massacre 

Turkish minister marks 1992 Khojaly massacre

World Bulletin / News Desk

The 1992 Khojaly massacre in Azerbaijan was a "crime against humanity", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

"We never forgot Khojaly and will [never] forget," Cavusoglu told an international conference entitled Khojaly Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Terrorism, in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Cavusoglu said Turkey and Azerbaijan would continue to explain the Khojaly massacre to the world. 

"Armenia does not want to face realities, but the Khojaly massacre is real," Cavusoglu said. He added it happened 25 years ago "under the world's eyes". 

The massacre on Feb. 25-26, 1992, is regarded as one of the bloodiest and most controversial incidents of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan for control of the now-occupied Karabakh region.

Armenian forces took over the town of Khojaly in Karabakh on Feb. 26 after battering it with heavy artillery and tanks, assisted by an infantry regiment.

The two-hour offensive killed 613 Azeri citizens, including 116 women and 63 children and critically injured 487 others, according to Azerbaijani figures.

Cavusoglu said the "most important" problem for the stability of the region was that 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory was occupied by Armenia. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Şubat 2017, 13:54