Colombian senate says Armenian forces committed genocide in Khojaly
24 April 2012 / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL
The Colombian Senate has recognized the killings of Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Khojaly in 1992 as genocide, becoming the second country in Latin America after Mexico to do so, the Azerbaijani government announced on Tuesday.
Elman Abdullayev, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, welcomed the Colombian senate’s move and said it was a “success of Azerbaijani diplomacy.”
"Colombia became the second Latin American country after Mexico, whose parliament recognized the Khojaly events as genocide," Abdullayev said at a press conference in Baku on Monday. "According to the measure, the important fact is that the crimes committed in Khojaly are described as genocide," he said.
The Khojaly massacre took place on Feb. 26, 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia following the fall of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan says 613 civilians were killed by Armenian forces in Khojaly.
“The measure [passed in the Colombian senate] also notes that the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions still continues. It says more than 1 million people have been displaced as a result,” Abdullayev was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.
Mexico’s parliament recognized the Khojaly killings as genocide in December.
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