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21 December 2017

The Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay’s National Congress has passed a resolution condemning the act of genocide committed in 1992 in the Khojaly town of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The statement notes that the Khojaly massacre was the biggest attack on the civilian population over the three years of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“As a result, 613 Azerbaijanis, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 older people were killed, 1,275 others were captured for ethnic reasons, and the fate of 150 of them is still unknown. In addition, 487 Khojaly residents, including 76 children were left disabled. Twenty-six children lost both parents, whereas 130 children lost one parent,” reads the statement. “This fact is fully documented by different bodies of Azerbaijan and independence sources.”

The document further says that a number of countries condemn this genocide and crime against humanity committed by the Armenian armed forces against the civilian population of Azerbaijan, denounce the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and expressed respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

The statement of the Paraguayan parliament underlines that Resolutions 822, 853, 874, and 884 of the UN Security Council urge to stop the aggression, focus attention on victims, and encourage a dialogue to resolve the conflict that broke out as a result of Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands.

The Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay condemned the genocide committed in 1992 in Khojaly and conveyed solidarity with the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the commemoration of the 26th anniversary of this crime against humanity.