khojaly genocide

From the speech of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev at the meeting with a group of Khojaly residents on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of Khojaly genocide – Presidential Palace, February 24, 1996

…Khojaly genocide is the most terrible action committed by the Armenians against the Azerbaijani people. We must tell the world community about this ferocity, anti-humane event. This tragedy can never be for gotten. We must show the world and our future generations how many victims our people have given for our freedom…

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Azerbaijani people on the occasion of March 31- the Day of Genocide of the Azerbaijanis – Baku, March 29, 1997

…The mass murders and robberies committed by the Armenian military gangs in different regions of the Caucasus in 1905 and 1918, deportation of our compatriots from their native lands in the present-day Republic of Armenia between 1948 and 1953, large-scale war launched in 1988 to annex the Mountainous Garabagh and its bitter consequences, and, finally, the genocide in Khojaly in 1992 are the bloody pages of the policy of genocide deliberately carried out by the aggressive Armenian nationalists against the Azerbaijanis…

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Khojaly genocide – Baku, February 25, 1997

…On February 26, 1992, the Armenian armed formations, with the direct participation and support of the pro-imperialistic forces committed an unprecedented genocide in Khojaly. Hundreds of innocent people, including women, children and the old were murdered with unparalleled ferocity and taken hostages. The town with 7,000 population was totally ravaged…