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On March 3, 2017, a conference on the 25th anniversary of Khojaly genocide was held at Nigde Omer Halisdemir University.

The conference was organized jointly by the INDEX – Azerbaijan Human Capital Development Center and the Turkish Youth Club. The event organized at the Cultural Center Hall 1923 was attended by Nigde deputy Erdoğan Özeken, Ömer Fethi Gürer, Rector of the University, Prof. Dr. Adnan GÖRÜR, vice-rector Murat Alp,teaching staff of the university and students.

After the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Turkey were played, Heydar Maharramov made a speech and declared the event open. Noting that 613 men, women and children were killed in Khojaly 25 years ago, he stressed the importance of bringing the perpetrators of the Khojaly genocide to international responsibility and said that the events in Khojaly would not be forgotten.

After the speech, a performance entitled “Cry of a mother” dedicated to the Khojaly genocide was shown. Later, a student named Nihal Alizadeh told the poem “Either Garabagh or death”. 

On February 24, 2017, within the framework of the commemoration event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, Aydin Mirzazade, deputy of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, INDEX Secretary General Ali Mammadov and coordinator Shukran Garayev met with the General Secretary of Malatya Metropolitan Municipality Ercan Turan with the support of INDEX – Azerbaijan Human Capital Development Center in Malatya, Turkey.

Deputy of the Milli Majlis Aydin Mirzazade informed Secretary General Ercan Turan about the Khojaly genocide. He noted that the Azerbaijani people have been subjected to ethnic cleansing and genocide policy of Armenian nationalists from time to time. Azerbaijanis were expelled from their historical lands, became refugees and IDPs, and all this resulted in mass massacres by Armenians. The world community, international organizations should condemn the military crime committed by Armenians on Azerbaijani lands and give an international political and legal assessment to the Khojaly genocide.

Noting that the slogan “One nation, two states” perfectly expresses the relations between the two countries, Ercan Turan said: “Our nation still bears the pain of this tragedy in their hearts. Therefore, your visit is extremely important for us”.