On the eve of the next anniversary of the Khojalu events of February 1992, Azerbaijan is intensifying its anti-Armenian campaign aimed at spreading the propaganda myth invented by the authorities in Baku about the massacre of the civilians of Khojalu by the Armenian armed forces. Both Armenian and foreign and even Azerbaijani experts have written and spoken much about the tragedy of the population of this settlement. It should be emphasized that they have done it truthfully and objectively.
And the truth is that the tragedy really took place, and people really died, but not in Khojalu, through no fault of Armenians, and not in the amount that Azerbaijan presents to the world by all means.
Let's remind that since the spring of 1991, the NKR capital city and a number of settlements had been regularly subjected to artillery bombardment, including from 'Grad' multiple rocket launchers from Khojalu, which was turned into a fortified military base by the Azerbaijani authorities. The military-political leadership of the NKR imperatively faced the issue of eliminating the military base, which played an important role in the policy of the Azerbaijani leadership on the final destruction of Artsakh, as well as unlocking the only (Stepanakert) airport in the Republic.
The military operation was held on February 25-26, 1992, and ended with the victory of the NKR armed forces. It is very important to emphasize that the Karabakh commanders, to avoid civilian casualties, warned the Azerbaijani side about the impending operation and provided a humanitarian corridor for the civilians to safely leave for Agdam, which was under the control of the Azerbaijani armed forces that period. But then something unexpected happened - at the approaches to Agdam, part of the Khojalu people was met with fire and ruthlessly killed by their own armed units.
But, was the tragedy really unexpected? The facts cited by the Armenian and some Azerbaijani journalists irrefutably evidence that the tragedy was deliberately committed by the Azerbaijanis themselves, or rather, by representatives of the Azerbaijani Popular Front to overthrow the then President Mutalibov, which he also admitted. That is, the residents of Khojalu became victims of the dirty struggle of the Azerbaijani political forces for power. Despite the numerous facts confirming the absolute fault of the Azerbaijani side in the deaths of the civilians of Khojalu, the official Baku propaganda created an ideological myth about the "Khojalu genocide", sparing no efforts and resources, including financial, to impose it on its own people and the international community.
Lie and falsification have always been the basis of the state anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijan. The issue of "Khojalu" continues to be one of the cornerstones of the Azerbaijani propaganda, which is used as a tool for both internal and external information policy. It is, in particular, designed to support the Armenian-phobia in the Azerbaijani society, is used as a kind of counterbalance to the Armenian pogroms in Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad and other settlements, as well as a mechanism to counter the process of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
As might be expected, Azerbaijan, this year too, has continued its targeted disinformation of the international community about what happened in Khojalu. In the framework of the international campaign "Justice for Khojaly!" carried out under the leadership of Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, the Europe- Azerbaijan Society has published the book "Khojaly. The witnesses of the war crimes. Armenia on the dock" in Russian and Turkish in St. Petersburg and Istanbul. One can hardly doubt the "stuffing" of this book, as well as the fact that it lacks the well-known persons in Azerbaijan that confirm the undeniable truth - the deaths of the civilians of Khojalu lie on the conscience of the Azerbaijani side, which committed a crime against its own people in the struggle for power.
Let’s list them. Ayaz Mutalibov, the then President: “Armenians provided a corridor, through which the people could escape. Why should they shoot then? Especially in the territory close to Agdam, where enough forces were located by that time to go and help the people".
Arif Yunusov, an Azerbaijani human rights activist, who is now in prison: "The town and its inhabitants were deliberately sacrificed for a political purpose".
Tamerlan Karayev, former Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan: "The tragedy was committed by the Azerbaijani authorities, specifically, one of the top officials".
Former President Heydar Aliyev stated in April 1992, as reported by Bilik-Dunyasi Agency: "The bloodshed will benefit us. We should not interfere in the course of events".
Vagif Huseynov, former Minister of National Security of Azerbaijan: "The January 1990 events in Baku and the events in Khojalu are the job of the same persons".
Operator Chingiz Mustafayev, who, as a result of his own investigation, concluded that the Azerbaijani side had been involved in the crimes against the people of Khojalu, was killed. The editor of Monitor magazine, Elmar Huseynov, who published a report from Karabakh, was also killed. In the report, journalist Eynulla Fatullayev wrote that "according to the people of Khojalu, they took advantage of the corridor, and the Armenian soldiers, standing on the other side of the corridor, didn’t really fire them...".
This is the true and not fictional justice, the truth about Khojalu. But, do the current authorities of Azerbaijan, who continue fanning the Khojalu myth, need it?