International conference on Khojaly tragedy held in Baku
Khojaly genocide is a crime against humanity, Assistant of the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said today at the event titled "Refugee Women's Call for Justice: Ensuring Their Needs on the Agenda for Peace and Security," held in Baku, the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reported.
As a result of the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan, one fifth of Azerbaijan's territory was occupied, more than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons, and more than 20,000 Azerbaijanis died during military operations, he noted.
"Today's event takes place on the eve of the next anniversary of the Khojaly genocide. Four UN Security Council resolutions condemn the Armenian occupation, reflecting support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within internationally recognized borders. These resolutions also reflect the humanitarian challenges that Azerbaijan has faced. The resolutions require the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijani territories. They remain valid until executed," Hajiyev stressed.
The representatives of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno Karabakh play an important role in bringing the voice of fairness of Azerbaijan to the world, Hikmet Hajiyev said.
He said that Azerbaijan is a supporter of the settlement of the conflict in accordance with international law and within the framework of its territorial integrity.
"Azerbaijan takes all necessary measures to ensure the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, including women, in their integration and strengthening their role in society. A draft National Plan of Action for 2020-2023 has been prepared taking into account obligations undertaken at the international level, in particular, related to the implementation of UN Security Council resolution No. 1325. In this context, I would like to note the special role of the relevant state bodies, in particular, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs. A draft National Action Plan has been developed with the involvement of representatives of civil society and NGOs involved in this process, and measures are currently being taken with the participation of government agencies to complete work in this direction," Hajiyev added.
On February 25-26, 1992, Armenian military committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre. A total of 1,000 civilians became disabled in the onslaught. Some 1,275 residents were taken hostage, while the fate of many people still remains unknown.