New Mexico legislature commemorates Khojaly Massacre

Wed 30 Jan 2013 09:01 GMT | 13:01 Local Time

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On 28 January, the State of New Mexico Senate adopted resolution SM 19 commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre.

The resolution introduced by State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino was passed unanimously in the upper chamber of the state legislature. The record of SM 19 and its full text are available on the website on New Mexico state legislature.

On the night of February 25-26, 1992, in the course of the Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenian armed forces attacked the Azerbaijani-populated town of Khojaly with support of the 366th motor-rifle regiment of Russian army. Fleeing civilian residents of the town have been subjected to one of the most brutal mass killings of the 20th century. 613 Azerbaijani civilians, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly were hunted down, tortured and killed by Armenian forces, over 1000 were reported missing. Human Rights Watch recognized it the worst massacre of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and equated it to a crime against humanity. The incumbent President of Armenia, Serge Sarkissian, called it an act of revenge to "break the stereotypes" of Azerbaijanis.

Previously, state legislatures of Massachusetts, Texas, and Georgia as well as those of Mexico, Turkey and Germany issued resolutions commemorating the victims of the 1992 Khojaly Massacre.

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