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Armenia’s attack against Barda is crime against humanity perpetrated in widespread manner – Azerbaijani embassy in Canada

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Embassy of Azerbaijan to Canada made a statement on missile attacks on civilians and damage of civilian infrastructure of Azerbaijan by military forces of Armenia, Trend reports citing the embassy.

“The Embassy of Azerbaijan would like to express its concerns regarding Armenia's acts of aggression against residential areas of Azerbaijani cities which are filled with innocent civilians and are located far away from the conflict zone. Armenia violates international humanitarian law, 1954 Hague Convention and its Second Protocol of 1999, Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as well as The UN resolutions (822,853,874, and 884) regarding the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” the statement said.

The embassy noted that it is almost 30 years that Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territories have been occupied by Armenia.

“During years of 1988-1993, Armenian military aggression against Azerbaijan resulted in more than 18.000 persons killed and over 50.000 wounded. Although, Azerbaijan has a numerical superiority of the army, a numerical superiority of equipment and military weapons, the country still has repeatedly said that it is adherent of a peaceful solution to the conflict but in response to that, Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia increases shelling on civilians living by attacking Ganja which is the second largest city of Azerbaijan,” the embassy said.

The embassy said armed forces of Armenia launched 300 mm "Smerch" cluster munitions rocket at the residential areas of Barda region which resulted in 21 civilians killed and more than 70 were injured.

“As well as, continues shelling the Tartar city, its villages, Aghjabadi, and Goranboy by heavy artillery. Armenia launches rocket systems against Azerbaijan which cause enormous human suffering and damage to civil infrastructure as well as educational infrastructure, religious and cultural monuments, including cemeteries and buildings. As of October 28, in result of rocket shelling by Armenian forces 90 civilians were killed, including women, children and elderly, and more than 380 civilians have been hospitalized. Armenia's attacks against civilians are a war crime and a crime against humanity perpetrated in a widespread manner,” the ministry said.

The statement said that Embassy is confident that the international community will recognize these terroristic attacks and will put its efforts in urging the Armenia to refrain from these blatant actions which are in violation of the mentioned above laws.

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Azerbaijan commemorates 29th anniversary of Khojaly genocide

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By Vafa Ismayilova

Today Azerbaijan commemorates the 29th anniversary of the mass killing of Azerbaijani civilians by Armenian forces in Khojaly town in Nagorno-Karabakh.

On the night of February 25 to 26, 1992, in violation of all international legal norms, the Armenian armed forces attacked the Azerbaijani civilians in the sieged town of Khojaly, killing them with unprecedented brutality and razing the town to the ground over a course of a few hours. 613 Azerbaijanis, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elders were brutally murdered on the ground of national identity.

At the same time, 487 civilians were seriously injured and 1,275 people were taken hostage. The fate of 150 hostages, including 68 women and 26 children, is still unknown. During the genocide, 56 people were killed with special cruelty, people's heads were peeled off, various limbs were cut off, their eyes were removed, and pregnant women's bellies were pierced with bayonets. As a result, eight families were completely destroyed, 25 children lost both parents and 130 children lost one parent.

The pre-planned massacre was organized by Armenia's political and state leadership and directly executed by the Armenian armed forces, Armenian terrorist groups in Nagorno-Karabakh and the infantry units of the 366th motor rifle regiment of the former USSR army deployed in Khankandi.

Azerbaijan's official sources report that the nature and scale of the crimes committed in the town of Khojaly proves that the act of genocide fully complies with the definition indicated in the Convention “On Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” adopted under Resolution 260 (III) of the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1948.

It was committed with the aim of annihilating the people living in that territory just for the fact that they were Azerbaijanis. Those who committed it also aimed to shake the people who rose up for the defence of their lands from the Armenian armed forces’ aggression and break their will to fight.

Khojaly villagers were beheaded, had their eyes gouged out, skinned, and burned alive. Those trying to flee were killed with a particular brutality by the Armenian troops who ambushed them on roads and forests. Khojaly does not differ from horrific tragedies of Katyn, Lidice, Oradour-sur-Glane, Holocaust, Songmy, Rwanda and Srebrenica, which are etched on the minds of people forever.

Armenian fascism

Late national leader Heydar Aliyev formerly stated that the Khojaly genocide, which once again exposed the face of the Armenian fascism, is a crime against not only the people of Azerbaijan, but also against the entire humanity. It must be condemned by the civilized world in compliance with international law.

Under the Azerbaijani parliament's resolution dated February 24, 1994, February 26 was declared as the Day of the Khojaly genocide in the country. On February 24, 2017, parliament reaffirmed its recognition as genocide – under its resolutions dated February 24, 1994, February 24, 1995, February 27, 2007, and February 24, 2012 – of a mass slaughter of the Azerbaijanis in the town of Khojaly over the night of February 25-26, 1992, carried out by the military units of the Republic of Armenia, Armenian armed formations in Nagorno-Karabakh and 366th motor-rifle regiment of the former Soviet army.

The Azerbaijani law-enforcement agencies continue to take appropriate steps to identify and prosecute the persons responsible for committing genocide in the town of Khojaly.

Justice for Khojaly

Azerbaijan has set as its task to convey the truths, based on real facts and evidence, about the Khojaly genocide as well as the atrocities committed against Azerbaijanis in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to the world community, parliaments, public organizations in order to achieve recognition of these events as a real act of genocide. Ensuring proper international legal and political assessment of the tragedy and punishment for its ideologists, organizers and perpetrators is regarded to be a crucial precondition for preventing such brutal acts from being repeated against humanity in general.

Relevant documents adopted by the parliaments of Mexico, Pakistan, the Czech Republic, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Sudan, Guatemala and Djibouti recognized the Khojaly massacre as an act of genocide. The parliaments of Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Jordan, Slovenia, Scotland and Paraguay, as well as the executive and legislative bodies of 22 U.S. states have strongly condemned the Khojaly tragedy as a massacre. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation recognized Armenia as an aggressor and the Khojaly tragedy as genocide.

The promotional activities carried out under the Justice for Khojaly campaign organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation is widely spreading every year. As part of this campaign, Azerbaijan raised a petition calling on everyone to sign a petition in the name of establishing historical justice, in order to avoid the repetition of such crimes against humanity! Below is the link for signing the specified petition.

http://justiceforkhojaly.org/petition

“The world must recognize the Khojaly genocide”, “Justice for Khojaly”, “Do not forget Khojaly”, “No to Armenian fascism”, “Khojaly – genocide of 20th century”, “The criminals won’t go unpunished’ and other slogans are displayed on huge monitors along the streets during the rallies to commemorate the genocide every year.

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President Aliyev receives Signify representatives via video format

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received in a video format Chief Executive Officer of Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) Eric Rondolat and other senior officials of the company, Azertag reported on February 25.

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OSCE ready to deploy mediation missions for sustained peace in Azerbaijani liberated territories – president

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OSCE remains ready to deploy mediation missions to provide for sustained peace in liberated territories of Azerbaijan, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Peter Lord Bowness said, Trend reports.

He made the statement during the 20th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

He noted also noted that OSCE is ready to provide its advanced involvement to provide for lasting peace in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.

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