’92 Azerbaijan genocide condemned in city

On the 17th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide,members of the All-India Muslim Unity Front and the Citizens for Peace marched at Jantar Mantar and urged the Armenian Embassy to initiate a process of justice by withdrawing troops from Azerbaijan territory.

Written by Chinki Sinha | New Delhi | Published: February 27, 2009 11:58 pm

On the 17th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide,members of the All-India Muslim Unity Front and the Citizens for Peace marched at Jantar Mantar and urged the Armenian Embassy to initiate a process of justice by withdrawing troops from Azerbaijan territory.

For Waseem Ahmed Ghazi,president of Citizens for Peace,their condemnation of the attack by Armenian forces that killed hundreds and displaced thousands of Azerbaijanis in 1992,is akin to a stand against atrocities against Muslims.

“In civilised society,we should highlight these issues and urge the government to take a stand,” he said. “By coming out against the genocide,we want to show our support for Azerbaijan.”

Armenian separatists seized the Khojaly settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1992,killing more than 600 Azerbaijan citizens,including 106 women and 83 children. The massacre went on for days and thousands were taken prisoners. The fate of around 150 people remains unknown.

Ghazi said he was shocked when he read personal accounts of people who lost their relatives in the massacre in Azerbaijan Genocide.

The groups submitted a memorandum to the Armenian Embassy,demanding that Armenia withdraw from occupied Azerbaijan territories. They also demanded that the Centre sever its ties with Armenia if it doesn’t rehabilitate people who lost their land and kin.

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