Mexican Senate recognizes Azeris’ massacre as genocide

The Mexican Senate has recognized as genocide the Khojaly massacre committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis during the Karabakh war in 1992.

Armenian armed forces on February 25-26, 1992 attacked Azerbaijani civilians in Khojaly, a town located in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno Karabakh region. As a result of their actions, which were recognized by the international community as genocide, hundreds of people were killed merely because of their ethnic background, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said Tuesday with reference to the Mexican Senate’s decision.

613 people were brutally killed in the attack, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly. 1,275 were taken captives, while 487 became handicapped and 190 went missing.

The Mexican legislature called for a return of the Azerbaijanis displaced during the 1990s war with Armenia to their homes in the territories which have since been under Armenian occupation. The IDPs and refugees’ return, it said, is to comply with the process of settling the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and with the gist of the Madrid principles, a peace outline proposed by OSCE mediators.