khojaly genocide

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the genocide in Khojaly – Baku,February 23, 2007

…On the 26th of February, 1992, the town of Khojaly was savagely destroyed by the Armenian armed forces, the defenders and residents of Khojaly were brutally genocided. Hundreds of peaceful residents, including children, women, the elderly, entire families were annihilated, and their corpses were disfigured by unprecedented tortures. Such a massacre witnessed by the world community at the end of the 20th century, for its cruelty and brutality was committed not only against the Azerbaijani people, but also against the humanity…

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the anniversary of the genocide in Khojaly – Baku,February 24, 2004

…Our people faced one of the most horrible days in its history on February 26, 1992. That day the ancient Azerbaijani town of Khojaly was razed to the ground. Hundreds of peaceful residents were killed without any military necessity, their corpses were disfigured with unprecedented tortures. Children, women, the elderly, entire families were annihilated. Such a massacre witnessed by the world community at the end of the 20th century, for its cruelty and brutality was committed not only against the Azerbaijani people, but also against the humanity…

From the address of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to the Jewish community in Azerbaijan on the occasion of the genocide of the Jewish people – April 26, 1995

…From the beginning of 1988 the policy of genocide of the Armenian aggressors against the Azerbaijani people, massacre of the innocent population, unprecedented ravages in the occupied territories, atrocities, and the genocide in Khojaly shocked the whole world and still remain as an incurable wound in our hearts…

From the appeal of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev to the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the third anniversary of Khojaly genocide – February 25, 1995

…This genocide committed by the Armenian aggressors with the help of the imperialistic forces entered the history of the 20th century as the most ruthless episode and horrible act of savagery committed against Azerbaijan and as the crime not only against the Azerbaijani people, but the whole humanity. The cruel massacre of the innocent people displayed the real face of the Armenian barbarism and of their foreign patrons to the world community…