Czech parliament recognized Khojaly massacre as crime against humanity

The Czech Republic has become a first member of the European Union to have officially condemned Armenia for the massacre of civilians in Khojaly, and have recognized this as a crime against humanity, SIA reports quoting AzerTAc.

On February 7, the Foreign Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic unanimously adopted a document condemning Armenia for brutal killing by the Armenian military units of 613 defenseless civilians in the occupied town of Khojaly 21 years ago.

The resolution says: "The massacre was reported by numerous news organizations and has been declared by Human Rights Watch/Helsinki to be a violation by Armenian military units of customary law regarding the treatment of civilians in war zones. It was a crime against humanity condemned by numerous governments around the world."

"However, the UN Security Council resolutions 822 (1993), 853 (1993), 874 (1993) and 884 (1993), which call on Armenian military units to cease the occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan, remain unfulfilled. The UN General Assembly, the European Parliament, Council of Europe and the OSCE Parliamentary Assemblies by their respective resolutions supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno Karabakh."

The last paragraph of the document says: "The Foreign Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic condemns all instances of ethnic cleansing,massacre and genocide against defenseless civilians, regardless of their place and time of their perpetration. We appeal to fulfill accepted resolutions which condemn all such kind of acts. In this context we still recognize the Khojaly massacre as a crime against humanity, which we condemn and repudiate. Hereby, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of this tragic event and offer our sincere sympathy to the people of Azerbaijan."

The Czech parliament became a first legislative body in the European Union to have officially condemned Armenia for the massacre of civilians in Khojaly! With this resolution Czech Republic reaffirmed that it recognizes the Nagorno-Karabakh region as an integral part of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Armenia as an invader of this land and guilty of committing a grave crime in Khojaly.

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