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Join 9th Annual Commemoration of the Khojaly Massacre

Published: 02-23-2016

A grave crime was committed against innocent Azerbaijani civilians by the Armenian army 24 years ago, on February 25-26, 1992, which became and remains the largest massacre of modern times in the former USSR. On that day, the military units of Armenia, supported by the Russia's 366th motorized infantry regiment, seized the town of Khojaly, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, and committed a massacre. This was the culmination of the Armenian aggression and occupation of Azerbaijan. On that day, the Armenian government's efforts to rid Nagorno-Karabakh of its ethnic Azerbaijani population, resulted in almost 2,000 of innocent civilians, mostly women, children, and elderly, being killed, wounded, or taken hostage by the Armenian military forces.

The crime against peaceful residents of Khojaly was condemned worldwide, including by the U.S. government, and broadly covered by national newspapers and magazines. Some of the American and Western journalists and groups who eye-witnessed or extensively covered the Khojaly massacre, were: Hugh Pope, Thomas Goltz, Tom DeWaal, and Human Rights Watch. Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), a Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, had the following appeal: "This is not the ringing condemnation that the survivors of Khojaly deserve, but it is an important first step by an international community that has too long been silent on this issue. Congress should take the next step and I hope my colleagues will join me in standing with Azerbaijanis as they commemorate the tragedy of Khojaly. The world should know and remember." It has been recognized by several U.S. states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Nebraska, Hawaii, Montana, as well as several nations around the world, including Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Jordan, Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Czech Republic.

February 26, 2016, is a Memorial Day for the people of Azerbaijan. All Azerbaijani people will forever remember where they were on February 25-26, 1992, like all Americans will forever remember where they were on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001.  Having experienced terror firsthand, Azerbaijan has become a staunch ally of the United States in the War on Terror and a member of the Coalition, with Azerbaijani battle-ready peacekeepers serving side-by-side with Americans in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the wake of the 24th year anniversary of Khojali Massacre, the U.S. Azeris Network and all Azerbaijani-Americans and friends join in calling upon our legislature to properly recognize and commemorate this tragedy.

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