NKR MFA: CLUMSY ATTEMPTS IS SEEN IN ACTIONS OF BAKU AND ANKARA TO PUT
SIGN OF EQUALITY BETWEEN EVENTS IN KHOJALU AND GENOCIDE OF ARMENIANS
STEPANAKERT, FEBRUARY 26. ARMINFO. Every year on the eve of the anniversary
of Armenian massacres in Sumgait, taken place on Feb 26-28, 1988, at all
levels Baku activates anti-Armenian propaganda. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic commentS on the anniversary of “Hocali
(Khojalu) events” marked in Azerbaijan.
“For this purpose Azerbaijan periodically exaggerates the events of February
of 1992, connected with suppression of weapon emplacements in the village of
Khojalu of Askeran district of NKR, falsifying the real picture. According
to the version of official Baku, from 600 to several thousands of peaceful
citizens died and were missing when seizure of Khojalu by Karabakh forces.
By the way, this figure grows year by year. At the same time the facts
testifies about other thing. Beginning from 1988, when Armenian population
of Nagorny Karabakh declared about its decision to join Armenia, the village
of Khojalu became a place of permanent attacks on the Armenian
motor-transport passing through its territory, capture of hostages and
murders of Armenians. The military bases of the National front of Azerbaijan
were stationed here. From Nov, 1990 the emergency platoon of Azerbaijani SSR
seized the Stepanakert airport, blockading the only transport communication
of Nagorny Karabakh with the external world.”
With the beginning in 1991 of the open military operations the village of
Khojalu became a large weapon emplacement, from where mass firing of
neighbor Armenian villages, and later the capital of NKR Stepanakert began.
And now Azerbaijan makes attempts to misinform the world community, In this
issue official Baku cooperates with Turkey, whose parliament this year
discussed the events in Khojalu condemning the Armenian side. Anti-Armenian
statements were recently made in the U.S. Congress by the representatives of
the pro-Turkish lobby. Clumsy attempt is seen in the actions of Baku and
Ankara to consign to oblivion the facts of destructions extirpation and
proscription of Armenians of Azerbaijan and put a sign of equality between
the events in Khojalu and the Genocide of Armenians in Turkey, said in the
comment of the NKR Foreign Ministry.