February 28, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 37 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
OBSERVING THE 27TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KHOJALY MASSACRE; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 37
(Extensions of Remarks - February 28, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E232] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] OBSERVING THE 27TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KHOJALY MASSACRE ______ HON. STEVE CHABOT of ohio in the house of representatives Thursday, February 28, 2019 Mr. CHABOT. Madam Speaker, I rise in observance of the victims of the Khojaly Massacre, a barbarous atrocity committed against innocent Azerbaijani civilians. Tuesday, February 26, marked the 27th anniversary of this bloody episode. The story is all too tragic. Khojaly, in the region of Nagorno- Karabakh, was surrounded by Armenian and Soviet troops in the fall of 1991. After bombarding the city these troops attacked on the night of February 25 and 26, killing 600 innocent Azerbaijanis, including elderly people, women, and children. Hundreds more were left severely disabled from the attacks. Over fifty people were killed with wanton brutality, many children lost parents, and eight whole families were wiped out. Human Rights Watch described these attacks as a ``massacre'' and in a 1992 report stated that the attacks by Armenian and Soviet forces, ``deliberately disregarded [the] customary law restraint on attacks.'' This massacre remains the darkest chapter in the Azerbaijan-Armenian conflict. Unfortunately, the dispute over Nagorno Karabakh is still ongoing, despite the United States and the international community not recognizing the independent rule of the region and supporting a negotiated settlement. I call on all parties involved to find a peaceful resolution to this decades old conflict. I encourage my colleagues to join with me and the Azerbaijani people as they remember this tragedy. ____________________