Member of the Parliament, chairman of the Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Azay Guliyev delivered a speech in the opening ceremony of the memorial plaque dedicated to the victims of Khojali genocide in Dobraya Memorial Park, Slovenia.
Azay Guliyev expressed his gratitude to all organizations involved in the project on behalf of the Milli Mejlis and the Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He noted that Khojali tragedy is a very hard issue for each Azerbaijani and its objective evaluation by international community is of great importance. Noting that there are some similarities between the Holocaust and the Khojaly genocide, Azay Guliyev said that civilians were targeted and intentionally killed for their national affiliation in both genocides. Besides, Azay Guliyev stated that there is a significant difference in regard to both of the genocides. He told that Holocaust has been fairly and unambiguously assessed by the international community, criminals have been punished by the Nuremberg Tribunal. However, international community keeps silence regarding Khojali genocide, it is not fairly assessed and those who committed this crime have not been prosecuted. Former president of Armenia Serj Sarkisyan, who committed Khojali genocide and confessed it, have not been punished what he deserves. Those committing genocides and crimes against humanity must be punished unconditionally in order not to face such kinds of tragedies in future.
Nevertheless, Azay Guliyev said that the document adopted by the Slovenian Parliament in 2016 and opening of the memorial plaque are the indication of solidarity between the Slovenians and the Azerbaijanis, stating that there are some countries, which have fairly assessed the tragedy. He thanked the Slovenian population for their friendly attitude towards Azerbaijanis, especially for their position regarding Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Azay Guliyev told that he hopes initiative of Slovenia will be an example and monuments will be erected dedicated to the victims of khojali genocide in European countries.
The following have been written on the memorial plaque: “This memorial board is dedicated to the victims in the town of Khojali, Azerbaijan, where 613 innocent civilians, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly Khojali people were killed in heavy artillery attack in the night from 25 to 26 February, 1992. With the memorial board to Azerbaijani victims, express our opposition to violence, ethnic cleaning, racism, religious and national discrimination, wish for promotion of peace and harmony of humanism”.