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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Millions Can't Be Wrong

Today is the 20th Anniversary of Khojaly Massacre committed by armed forces of Armenia against Azerbaijani civilians in a town called Khojaly in 1992. Exactly, 20 years ago Armenian occupants dealt with the residents of this city with incredible cruelty. During the genocide a fifth of the population was killed. More than a thousand civilians have become hostages. It was a crucial part of Armenia's plan to capture historical lands of Azerbaijan-Nagorno-Karabakh.   Most of the readers of this post do know this tragic for Azerbaijanis event. However, not all know that this agression was not only against Azerbaijani civialians but also against all HUMANITY!

Yesterday, approximately 300 and today more than 175 000 people gathered in London and Istanbul respectfully in order to raise their voice for justice for Khojaly. International organizations such as UN Resolutions, OIC Summit Resolutions, Independent Organizations such as Human rights Watch, Countries such as Pakistan, Massachussetts State (US) recognized Khojaly Genocide! Now, can MILLIONS BE WRONG?!

It has been exactly 20 years since the genocide in Khojaly. This is not an invented event. This is the reality and history based on facts. Two decades have past from the tragedy. This tragedy is my same age. During these 20 years, I have become a citizen of the country, graduated from high school and was admitted to the university. What happened to the tragedy? What has changed in its destiny? 

World was observing what was happening in Khojaly from the front row but we still have to prove the authenticity of the event. Those who believe that internatonal law has become a literary genre of fiction are absolutely right. The principles of friendship and cooperation between the countries of the world had lost its former importance. If it was not the case Armenia-a country raised the terrorism at the level of state policy and the people who committed these crimes would be punished. 

Today I have read an interesting article by Thomas de Waal for Carnegieendowmen. This article was based on the interview of the current president of Armenia and minister of defense of Armenia at the time of massacre in Khojaly-Serzh Sarkisian. When MR. Waal asked him about Khojaly Sarkisian stated “Before Khojalu, the Azerbaijanis thought that they were joking with us, they thought that the Armenians were people who could not raise their hand against the civilian population. We were able to break that[stereotype]. And that’s what happened". Well, I would say Sarkisyan was right, Azerbijanis would not even think of such agression leave alone expecting it from neighbour country.

Another quote was by an armenian doctor Zori Balayan who admitted murdering four children in Khojaly by skinning them alive. In his book he writes "When I and Khachtur entered the house, our soldiers had nailed a 13-year-old Turkish child to the window. He was making much noise so Khachatur put mother’s cut breast into his mouth. Then I did what their fathers had done to our children.I skinned his chest and belly. Seven minutes later the child died. I did the same to three Turkish children in the evening. I did my duty as an Armenian patriot"(pp 260-262 of the book “Revival of our souls” published in 1996).

 The International Tribunal shall impose a sentence criminals for genocide in Khojaly. These people were innocent. These women, the elderly and small children were killed by Armenian terrorists wing just because they were Azerbaijanis. But who gave the right to take away the lives of thousands of people? This tragedy clearly reflects the undeniable hatred of Armenians to the Azerbaijani people. To the Turks.

We cherish the memory of victims of the Khojaly tragedy, and have no right to forget this crime, as it is impossible to forget the Holocaust, Khatyn, Rwanda and Cambodia. We simply have no right to remain indifferent to such crimes against humanity! 


The genocide was officially condemned as the most severe international dullness. So what is the power of this Convention if humanity is not immune from these crimes?!

No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten ...


Farida Aliyeva
26th February, 2012
London, UK 

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