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16 U.S. Lawmakers Join Azerbaijanis to Remember Khojaly Tragedy in DC

At least sixteen U.S. lawmakers attended a reception held at the U.S. congress to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy, reiterating U.S. partnership with Azerbaijan and remembering innocent Azerbaijani men, women and children who were slaughtered during a brutal war with neighboring Armenia.

The members of the U.S. Congress paid tribute to more than 600 killed in the town of Khojaly in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1992, when the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan had been escalating. Armenian militias invaded the town, killing hundreds of Azerbaijani civilians while hundreds of others who fled the town through a nearby forest were frozen to death at night.

U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Elin Suleymanov characterized the Khojaly incident as the "most tragic event in the post-Soviet space at the end of the 20th century."

"We look back to remember what happened not to take revenge but to remember that lasting peace must come as soon as possible," Suleymanov said, adding that it was for this reason that the Azerbaijani government insisted on comprehensive talks and a peace agreement between the two warring countries "to move forward and to build a united region to benefit Azerbaijani and Armenian people as well as the entire region."

The ambassador said remembering the victims of Khojaly is essential to build a better future and a lasting peace that is based on the international law, understanding of freedom, human rights and regional integration.

Hosted by Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas at the U.S. Congress, Azerbaijani deputies Asim Mollazade and Sevinj Feteliyeva, French lawmaker Natalie Goulet were also among the attendees.

Azerbaijani community in the U.S. held numerous similar events across the US, including one in Texas, Pennsylvania, Kansas, New Mexico and California.

Source: AzerTAc

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