Massacre in Azerbaijan’s Khojaly town is one of the bloodiest crimes against humanity, a source in the Turkish government told on Feb. 26 in connection with the 27th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.
It was noted that Turkey urges the world community and international organizations to give correct assessment of the Khojaly massacre.
“Turkey hasn’t forgotten and will never forget the pain of Azerbaijan, and will always support Azerbaijan in the most difficult days, just like before,” the source said.
It was noted that the crimes in Khojaly are part of Armenia’s occupation policy.
Presently, the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the most important issue in the South Caucasus, and its settlement is a priority, the source added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
During the Karabakh war, on Feb. 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.