Paraguay Par­lia­ment rec­og­nizes Kho­jaly geno­cide

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Paraguay’s Cham­ber of Deputies has adopted a dec­la­ra­tion con­demn­ing the mas­sacre com­mit­ted in Kho­jaly town of Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion of Azer­bai­jan in 1992, the Par­lia­ment in­formed on De­cem­ber 21.

The doc­u­ment reads that the Kho­jaly mas­sacre was the big­gest at­tack civil­ians suf­fered dur­ing hos­til­i­ties be­tween Ar­me­nia and Azer­bai­jan. The eth­nic mas­sacre took lives of 613 Azer­bai­ja­nis, in­clud­ing 106 women, 63 chil­dren and 70 el­derly, while 1,275 Kho­jaly res­i­dents were taken hostage and the fate of 150 of them re­mains un­known.

More­over, 487 res­i­dents of Kho­jaly, in­clud­ing 76 chil­dren, were left dis­abled, 130 chil­dren lost one par­ent and 26 lost both of them. The dec­la­ra­tion notes that this fact is doc­u­mented by var­i­ous agen­cies of Azer­bai­jan and in­de­pen­dent sources.

The Paraguayan MPs note in the dec­la­ra­tion that many coun­tries con­demned this crime against hu­man­ity and the geno­cide com­mit­ted by the Ar­me­nian armed forces against Azer­bai­jani civil­ians as well as the mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani lands by Ar­me­nia. The coun­tries ex­pressed their re­spect for Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, sovereignty, and in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized borders.

The doc­u­ment also reads that four res­o­lu­tions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil adopted in 1993 urge to stop the oc­cu­pa­tion, to fo­cus on the vic­tims and a di­a­logue as a way to re­solve the con­flict that arose due to the oc­cu­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries by Ar­me­nia.

The Cham­ber of Deputies of Paraguay con­demned the geno­cide in Kho­jaly and ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with Azer­bai­jani peo­ple in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the vic­tims of this crime against hu­man­ity.

Be­sides Paraguay, the par­lia­ments of many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Pakistan, Mex­ico, Tur­key, Colom­bia, Gu­atemala, Peru, Ro­ma­nia, Ser­bia, Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, Czech Repub­lic, Jor­dan, Is­rael, Su­dan, Hon­duras, Dji­bouti as well as the leg­isla­tive bod­ies of 20 states of the U.S., have adopted res­o­lu­tions to rec­og­nize this tragic crime as a geno­cide.

Ar­me­nia broke out a lengthy war against Azer­bai­jan by lay­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims on the coun­try. Since a war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

To this day, Ar­me­nia has not im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno Karabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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