Baku, December 10, AZERTAC
The Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem — Knights of Malta O.S.J.- adopted a resolution on the agreement of the provisions of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The decision said that on February 26, 1992, units of the Armed Forces of Armenia attacked civilian population in the town of Khojaly of Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and committed genuine genocide as it was stated without hesitation by the international Human Rights Organizations, on the basis of their ethnicity and during this massacre the hundreds of people were killed.
The Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem — Knights of Malta O.S.J. — strongly condemns the Khojaly act of genocide, committed by current Armenian leadership with incredible brutality, was one of the worst tragedies of 20th century. It is a historical fact that the Armenian Armed Forces and gunmen spared none of Khojaly residents, who had not managed to leave the city and its surroundings. As a result of the atrocities of the Armenian armed forces, 613 people were killed, 487 people were crippled and 1,275 people - the elderly, children and women who were captured- were subjected to unprecedented torture, abuse and humiliation.
The decision at the same time reminds about the process of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the occupation of Azerbaijan territories by Armenia and the essence of the Madrid principles was disclosed and the importance of return of internally displaced persons and refugees to their previous place of residence was noted.
The decision also stated that the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem -Knights of Malta O.S.J.- respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and call conflicting parties for making more efforts for settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as soon as possible and also called OCSE Minsk Group to provide all required support for peaceful settlement of the conflict.
It was also stated in the decision that in spite of passing of 25 years since Khojaly bloody massacre, the victims of the crime could not achieve justice and it still shows that the central element of any peace agreement should be in its place in a short period of time, as well as relations among the people should be restored as soon as possible and the harmony between two nations should be re-established.