Opening ceremony of memorial plaque dedicated to the victims of Khojali genocide in Dobraya Memorial Park, which is situated in Maribor, Slovenia and dedicated to the victims of war, on May 31.
AZERTAC reports that building memorial plaque, which is of great importance from point of delivering realities about Khojali genocide to world community, in Maribor was realized with the support of the Azerbaijani embassy in Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.
It is the joint project of the Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Slovenia-Azerbaijan Friendship Association and Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe.
Chairman of the upper house of the Slovenian Parliament (State Council) Aloys Kovshtsa, chairman of the Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, vice-president of the OSCE PA, Member of the Parliament, ambassador of Azerbaijan to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia Galib Israfilov, ambassador of Azerbaijan to Croatia Fakhraddin Gurbanov, member of the Board of the Directors of the Azerbaijani Community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, professor Farhad Badalbayli, mayor of Maribor Andrey Fishtravets, representatives of diplomatic corps, local community members and media representatives participated in the event held within “opening week of the European Cemetery”.
Director of Dobraya Memorial Park, president of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe Lidiya Plibershec, chairman of the upper house of the Slovenian Parliament (State Council) Aloys Kovshtsa, Ambassador Galib Israfilov and MP Azay Guliyev delivered a speech in the opening ceremony.
Lidiya Plibershec and Andrey Fishtravets stated in their speech that memorial plaque dedicated to the victims of Khojali genocide is the second important stage of expanding Memorial Park. Such kinds of monuments accusing crimes against humanity and wars against innocent people are of great importance in transmitting humanism and peaceful values to future generations, promoting these values among young generation. It was noted that Memorial Park has become open and symbolic place, which contains high values, not only for local, but also the international community.
Aloys Kovshtsa noted that Azerbaijan and Slovenia have close friendship relations and the decision made by the Slovenian Parliament in 2016 on Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict, emphasizing that genocide committed in Khojali city of Azerbaijan as a crime against humanity reveal high level development of our relations.
Ambassador Galib Israfilov expressed his gratitude to all parties participated in the opening of this monument. He stated that Khojali was a city of peace where civil population was living. The civilians were severely harassed in the city occupied by Armenian armed forces on February 25-26, 1992. 613 people were killed, 1275 civilians – the old, children and women were taken hostage. This tragedy has been recognized as genocide by a number of countries. Ambassador highly appreciated the recognition of Khojali genocide as a crime against humanity by the National Slovenian Parliament in 2016 and thanked Slovenian Parliament on this occasion once again. He expressed his gratitude to the director of Memorial Complex for adopting the memorial plaque dedicated to Khojali victims as a part of cultural heritage of Europe.
Local musicians and Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Tunzala Aghayeva performed their patriotic songs after the speeches.
Then opening of the memorial plaque took place in memorial complex.
It should be noted that symbolic memorial plaques in Dobraya Memorial Park dedicated to Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian and other peoples, as well as Soviet soldiers and mass killings and graves that happened in many parts of Former Yugoslavia are protected and promoted as a cultural heritage of Europe.
President of Slovenia Borut Pahor participated in the opening ceremony of the first memorial plaque on October 19, 2015. Dobraya Memorial Park is protected as an example of cultural heritage by UNESCO.