Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan must be stronger so that Khojaly tragedy never repeated
Azerbaijan must be stronger so that the Khojaly tragedy is never repeated, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview to the correspondent of the Russia-24 TV channel.
Ilham Aliyev expressed gratitude to the television channel for coming to Baku on a day like this to be with the Azerbaijani people and express your position on the tragedy of the Azerbaijani people. "I appreciate this so much and I am grateful to you for this," the head of state said.
"Today marks one of the bloodiest pages in the history of the Azerbaijani people, the day of genocide of Azerbaijanis. 26 years ago Armenia committed genocide against Azerbaijanis. As a result of this, 613 civilians were killed, 106 of them were women, 63 were children. More than 1200 civilians were captured and tortured, nearly 500 became disabled, and there is no any information about 150 civilians. They are considered missing, but there is a high probability that they were killed. There are a lot of footages and images on that terrific day, on that bloody tragedy and witnesses who miraculously survived. This was manifestation of the Armenian fascism. This was manifestation of barbarism," the President said.
He recalled that the Justice for Khojaly campaign is today spreading at a rapid pace all over the world. "These days commemorative ceremonies are being held in many countries of the world. These days the Azerbaijani diaspora organizations, society are holding round tables, presentations and exhibitions. All the photo and video documents bore evidence of this large-scale tragedy. We remember this. We will never forget it. Azerbaijan must become stronger so that this tragedy is never repeated. You asked about my feelings today. My feelings are those that every Azerbaijani has – it is grief and distress for the innocent people who were killed, pain for the victims, at the same time, determination to strengthen our country. We must strengthen economic, military potential of our country so that the people of Azerbaijan never again face a tragedy like that," Ilham Aliyev stressed.