Khojaly Tragedy” 28th anniversary marked in Dubai
Commemoration event dedicated to the victims of Khojaly tragedy held on February 26, 2020 in the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The event was attended by accredited Consul Generals in Dubai, diplomats, as well as our compatriots and representatives of the local community living in the United Arab Emirates.
Javid Huseynov, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Dubai, made the opening speech, noting that the victims of the Khojaly genocide and the bloody tragedy are commemorated annually in Azerbaijan and around the world. In his speech, Huseynov noted that the Khojaly genocide is one of the most brutal crimes against humanity of the 20th century and one of the most brutal acts of terrorism.
Consul General reminded of the incident and said that the massacre in Khojaly on February 26, 1992 is a continuation of the policy of occupation, ethnic cleansing and genocide against the Azerbaijani people by Armenians and their patrons. Speaking about the events, Javidan Huseynov stressed that February 26, was declared as the day of the Khojaly genocide by he the initiative of national leader Heydar Aliyev in 1994. He noted that Khojaly genocide victims and their families are always in the focus of President Ilham Aliyev, noting that as a result of the targeted policy, 14 world countries and 22 states of the United States officially recognize the Khojaly genocide.
His excellency noted the role of Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Chief Coordinator for Intercultural Dialogue of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum – Leyla Aliyeva, in conveying the truth about the tragedy, as well as the aggression of Armenia against our country. And campaign - "Justice for Khojaly", which was initiated by Leyla Aliyeva on May 8, 2008, on the anniversary of the occupation of Shusha, is being successfully continued in more than 80 countries.
Following the speech of the Consul General Javidan Huseynov, the representative of the Diaspora Farhad Abasov made a comprehensive presentation on the historical settlement of the Armenians and the Khojaly genocide.
Then Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Dubai Ilker Kilic spoke about the injustices and tragedies faced by our historical people and said that the Turkish people have always been with Azerbaijan. Noting that the perpetrators of genocide against the people of Azerbaijan are trying to deceive the world with claims of fake genocide. His Excellency said that justice is a triumph, stressing the Nagorno-Karabakh issue as Turkey’s as well.
At the end of the event a documentary film "Khojaly Genocide", prepared by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, was presented.
Following the official part of the event, the participants were acquainted with the photo exhibition - "Khojaly genocide" as well as with the books and materials reflecting the Karabakh conflict, in particular the Khojaly genocide.