khojaly genocide

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Khojaly – Baku, February 25, 2002

…The genocide in Khojaly is the bloodiest page of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and a crime against the Azerbaijani people going on for over two hundred years. This policy supported by some states was conducted in the period of the tsarist Russia and of the Soviet Union. It resulted in mass deportation of the Azerbaijani population from their homes and massacres after the collapse of the USSR. Two million Azerbaijanis suffered from the consequences of the Armenian policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide…

From the speech of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the VII OSCE Summit – December 1, 2010

…The Armenian nationalists continue to occupy not only the Mountainous Garabagh, but also seven oth­er districts of Azerbaijan. Armenia destroyed our cities and villages, our homes and sacred places, graves of our ancestors and our mosques. They committed war crimes, a genocide in Khojaly, where hundreds of ci­vilians were killed by the Armenian armed forces only because they were Azerbaijanis…

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the anniversary of the genocide in Khojaly genocide – February 24, 2001

…On February 26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces equipped with the most modern weapons and supported by the 366th Motor Rifle Regiment of the former Soviet Union razed Khojaly to the ground and massacred hundreds of innocent civilians, including children, women and the old. This cruel act of aggression became an unprecedented crime implemented not only against the Khojaly population, but also against the whole humanity. The Armenians have repeatedlycommitted aggressions and genocides against the Azerbaijani people throughout the 20th century. The Khojaly tragedy is the most terrible one…

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of March 31 – the Day of Genocide – Baku, March 29, 2000

…In February 1992, the Armenian armed forces supported by the troops of the former Soviet Union committed an unprecedented terrible massacre. Thousands of defenders and peaceful people of Khojaly were killed and taken captives, the town itself destroyed. The main goal of that horrible vandalism and genocide was to scare our people and break our will..