The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Cavusoglu: Armenia has always suffered and will suffer defeat

Cavusoglu: Armenia has always suffered and will suffer defeat



Armenia has always suffered and will suffer defeat, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the international conference titled “Khojaly Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and Terrorism” in Ankara Feb. 22.

Cavusoglu noted that Turkey and Azerbaijan will jointly continue to bring the true information about the Khojaly massacre to the world’s attention.

Turkey will never forget the Khojaly events, added the minister.

The massacre in Khojaly is a reality and it happened 25 years ago in front of the eyes of the whole world, said Cavusoglu, adding that Armenia doesn’t want to admit the truth.

The foreign minister also noted that Turkey has been fighting for many years against Armenia’s slander on the 1915 events.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

On February 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre.

Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. A total of 487 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.