Off to Taksim for Khojaly

February 26, 2012, Sunday/ 17:41:00/ NAZLI ILICAK

Twenty years after the Khojaly massacre, Turkey will commemorate it by holding ceremonies on Ankara’s Karanfil Street and in İstanbul’s Taksim Square. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed.

Armenia, allegedly with the support of Russia, made use of the opportunity that an Azerbaijani army had not yet been completely formed and occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. One million people had to flee their towns and on Feb. 26, 1992, the town of Khojaly was attacked by Armenians. Reportedly 613 people were killed, including 83 children and 106 women, and 487 people were severely injured. Records describe how pregnant women had their bellies ripped, children had their eyes gouged out and bodies en masse were burned. The worst part is that the world still does not officially recognize this massacre. We are always hearing about the Armenian diaspora’s demands at international meetings and attempts to respond to these demands. It is true that the 1915 events were a huge tragedy; you might even call this genocide, but what about Khojaly? What about the fact that one of the heads of the Armenian army at the time was current Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.