LONDON: Azerbaijani Embassy in London host an evening to remember the victims of the Khojaly Massacre. A saddening event also known as the Khojaly tragedy, or Khojaly Genocide. An atrocity wherein at least 161 ethnic Azerbaijani civiliansfrom the town of Khojaly were killed in an unprovoked attack. Indeed, after welcoming his guests, the current Ambassador, His Excellency, Tahir Taghizadeh, spoke eloquently about 26th February 1992, when Armenian and, partially, the 366th CIS regiment, assaulted these civilians during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Overall, a pointless act of aggression equally concerning Human Rights Watch, the Memorial Human Rights Centre, as well as other international observersto this day. Obviously, official statists are at variance, although the death toll claimed by Azerbaijani authorities is actually 613 civilians; including 106 women and 63 children.As such, this onslaught witnessed the largest massacre in the course of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Among those guests gathered to commemorate the casualties was Editor-in-Chief Eurasian Perspective, Rev. Dr. David Parry – a long term friend of the Azerbaijani Republic, along with Javanshir Feyziyev MP (from Azerbaijan), Mr. Neil Watson, Editor-in-Chief of the European Azerbaijan Society and Dr. Ali Tekin Atalar, the serving Chairman of Azerbaijan House. All in all, this yearly remembrance continues to stand firm in its support of the victims, the concomitant refugee crisis resulting from an attempt to ethnically cleanse this region, as well as the general principle that innocents everywhere must never simply be swept under the carpet of history.