First Genocide in Europe after World War II occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina during 1992-1995, so it was only natural to erect monument to the victims of Khojali in Sarajevo.
The Khojaly Massacre was the killing of hundreds of ethnic Azerbaijani civilians from the town of Khojaly on 25–26 February 1992 by the Armenian and CIS armed forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. According to the Azerbaijani side, as well as Memorial Human Rights Center, Human Rights Watch and other international observers, the massacre was committed by the ethnic Armenian armed forces, reportedly with help of the Russian 366th Motor Rifle Regiment, apparently not acting on orders from the command.. The death toll provided by Azerbaijani authorities is 613 civilians, including 106 women and 83 children. Western governments and the western media refer to it as the Khojaly Massacre or Khojaly Tragedy. Azerbaijani and Turkish sources refer to the massacre as Khojaly Genocide.
The memorial in memory of victims of Khojaly and the newly reconstructed Park of Friendship opened in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo on the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on 24 February.
The vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the ceremony.
First of all, Leyla Aliyeva met with juror of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic and his daughter Yasmina Izetbegovic.
Leyla Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the monument to victims of Khojaly massacre in February 1992 and war of 1992-1995.
Leyla Aliyeva thanked the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the people of this country who share the grief of the people of Azerbaijan. She informed that 613 civilians were killed as a result of the Khojaly genocide committed by Armenians 20 years ago.
Vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva said: “We feel the grief of the events in Khojaly even today. Unfortunately, this also produced a negative effect on other parts of the world. Azerbaijan is geographically located at the junction of Europe and Asia and the crime against humanity was committed at the very border of Europe in the end of the 20th century. 613 civilians were killed during this terrible crime”.
“The Justice for Khojaly campaign and Heydar Aliyev Foundation have set the goal to bring the truth about Khojaly to the attention of the world community”, said Leyla Aliyeva. She noted that the campaign covers 50 countries and as a result of its effective activity, the parliamentary union of the OIC recognized the events in Khojaly as genocide. Additionally, the Khojaly massacre was recognized as genocide by the parliaments of Mexico and Pakistan.
She said different events are held in all parts of the world where the books, booklets and disks are prepared on Khojaly within the framework of the campaign.
“What we do today will never recover the wounds of the Khojaly genocide. What we do today is to remember the terrible date and commemorate the children, women and men who were killed during this terrible crime”.
The event continued at the Dobrinja Educational Complex.
Leyla Aliyeva visited the board set in memory of the youngest victim of the events of 1992-1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the meeting arranged here the director of the Humanitarian Institute of the Complex Sabina Miskin informed about the educational center and thanked Leyla Aliyeva for visiting this educational center.