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19 February 2021

The Mayor’s office of Hallandale Beach, Florida, U.S, issued a proclamation on the 29th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide. 

The proclamation signed by the Mayor of the city, Joy Cooper, reads that on the night of February 25-26, 1992, more than 600 innocent people, including women and including children were brutally killed. 

The proclamation notes that on February 25 and 26, 1992, Armenian armed forces occupied the town of Khojaly in Azerbaijan and killed more than six hundred innocent civilians, including many women, children, and the elderly.

Documenting this mass killing the Human Rights Watch called it the “largest massacre” in the conflict, it reads. The document also stresses that over 20 US states have passed resolutions condemning and recognizing the Khojaly massacre. “This tragic event in Khojaly is a sobering reminder of the terrible damage that can be inflicted in wartime and the enduring need for the greater understanding, communication, and tolerance among people all over the world,” the proclamation says.

Mayor Cooper proclaimed February 26, 2021 as the Day of the 29th Anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre in Hallandale Beach City.