An event dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide was held at the Institute of Chemistry of Additives of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The director of the Institute Vagif Farzaliev opening the event with minute of silence in remembrance of Khojaly victims, said: “Today we commemorate the next anniversary of one of the terrible tragedies in the history of Azerbaijan. The Khojaly genocide is one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century, a bloody event that fell into the history of mankind. On the night of February 25 to 26, 1992, the military forces of Armenia, armenian armed unit in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, with the direct participation of personnel and equipment of the 366th motorized regiment located in the city of Khankendi of the former USSR, capturing the city of Khojali, located between the cities of Khankendi and Askaran, committed genocide against the Azerbaijani people.”
Farzaliyev noted that on the night of the occupation of Khojaly, 613 civilians, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly people, were killed with particular cruelty and torture.
Recalling the debate between President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the academician noted how the head of the government of the opposite side, using thousands of false arguments, tried to accuse the Azerbaijani people in this human tragedy, and how the head of the state Ilham Aliyev related real facts against this lie.
Speaking at the event, the chairman of the Independent Trade Unions of the Institute, Ph.D. in chemistry, associate professor Elkhan Isakov spoke about the Khojaly reality, noted the role of the national leader Heydar Aliyev in the legal and political assessment of the tragedy, as well as the role of President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva in bringing the truth to the international community, the First Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva in holding “Justice for Khojaly” campaign.
Then the heads of the Institute’s laboratories, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Hagigat Javadova, Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor Fikrat Mammadov and Doctor of Chemical Sciences, associate professor Afsun Sujayev spoke about the tragedy and what has been done and what should be done to recognize it in the whole world.