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A group protests in Turkey’s Giresun the violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. AA photo

A group protests in Turkey’s Giresun the violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. AA photo

The Khojaly massacre was marked across the world on Feb. 25 as Azerbaijan continues its efforts for the massacre to achieve international recognition.

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu urged member countries Feb. 24 to join efforts for the recognition of the Khojaly genocide on a global scale, Anatolia news agency reported. Azerbaijani civilians living in the town of Khojaly in Nagorno-Karabakh were attacked on Feb. 26, 1992 by Armenian forces during the war between Baku and Yerevan. According to Azerbaijani officials, at least 600 people, mostly women and children, were killed.

Turkish Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Abdurrahman Arıcı said the massacre was not included in the global agenda as much as it should have.

“Unfortunately despite taking place in the recent times, the massacre was not brought to the world agenda as much as it should have been,” Arıcı said, adding that the event should be carried on to next generations.

“No matter what happens this incident will not be forgotten,” he said.

A series of commemoration events were held in many cities in Turkey. A petition seeking a U.S. presidential proclamation to commemorate the Khojaly massacre this month has reached the necessary 100,000 signatures required by the White House for the president to make an official pronouncement on the incident, according to convention.

February/26/2013

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Shant Shant

3/11/2013 10:03:08 PM

Fact: Azeris encourage hate by announcing that "Armenians of the world" are the enemy. Fact: well over a million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians were massacred in unimaginable inhumane brutality at the hands of Ottomans. It's this same hate toward Armenians that is glorified now (Safrov). Fact: Armenians of Karabakh wanted independence through legal and peaceful means, Azeris used violence in a failed attempt to neutralize the movement - Armenians defended themselves and their rights and won

Raymond Zak

2/27/2013 8:53:30 AM

As a result of pogroms in Sumgait and Baku in 1988, where Armenians children were burned to death by Azeri Turks Armenians had no other alternative but to defend themselves . Armenians will never forgive what Azeris did to unarmed and peace loving Armenians. What a SHAME !

Murat

2/26/2013 5:23:01 PM

It is so interesting and amusing to watch the Armeinian haters twist and turn like belly dancers trying to explain away genocide. Not a single Armenian has ever faced justice over the mass murders in Karabag. The killers walk around with their medals today as heros among Armenians. These people have never looked at a mirror in their lives, but they demand history be re-written century old events and long dead Ottomans be re-tried. Tragic and comical.

Sayat Nova

2/26/2013 4:49:04 PM

Pasha Aliyev has to keep his nation busy with hatred, nationalism and make a show out of the Khojaly human tragedy so that he and his gang can suck as much money out of the oil revenues as possible. Too bad that some of the ignorant Azeris fall into this dictator's trap. Ultimately, it is the ordinary people who will suffer if a war breaks out while Aliyev and his gang will be exiled enjoying the good life by a Swiss lake or a paradise like island.

ismail demir

2/26/2013 4:28:55 PM

Interestingly Armenians see legitimite to kill and deport civilian population and blame guilt to Azeris not to protect them.Armed Armenian bandits deliberately attackedTurkish civilian vilages between 1880-1915 and left unprotected Armenian villages.If Ottomans had same logic with Armenians, Ottomans should deport all Armenian population after Armenian started teror.There would be no Armenian at the end of the 19. century in Ottoman empire.

Jack Manougian

2/26/2013 3:22:47 PM

As an Armenian I deplore all violence. In this case, people should look deeper at the government of Azerbaijan than conveniently only blaming Armenians. Armenians never initiate a fight. they always act in self-defense. By the way, Azerbaijanis should be ashamed of their government for having gotten beaten up by a smaller country.

V Tiger

2/26/2013 11:30:40 AM

The whole world knows very well that the Meshketian Turks were brought from Uzbekistan by the Azeris to settle in Khojaly & during the war they were left there unprotected as human shield & forced to stay put.Armenians left a safety corridor next to the railway for them to move to Agdam.When they reach in the outskirts of Agdam they get shot at by the Azeri national front.President Mutalibov has officially said that these killings were the work of Azeri national front.

john albay

2/26/2013 10:14:14 AM

This again shows the real evil face of the murdering,lieing armanians who murdered in cold blood these innocent people. May the souls of the dead rest in peace,you will not be forgotten.

Falk Bernard

2/26/2013 4:16:41 AM

For Armenians really embarrassing. Trying to sell their genocide, but faced with their ugly crimes of killing hundreds of civilians (including 73 children and 106 women).

Zareh Sahakian

2/26/2013 1:50:37 AM

The Azeri National Front Party murderers of the Meskhetian Turks of Khojaly, the sacrificial lambs of the Azeri opposition at the time, should be exposed and condemned by Azeribaijan. But then why lose a wonderful opportunity for anti-Armenian propaganda by the corrupt Alyiev regime. There's ample proof that those fleeing civilians were killed by N.F.Party fighters to overthrow then president of Azerbaijan Ayaz Mutalibov. The killings, and later mutilation, was in Azeri controlled Sheli village.
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