Mass grave found in Azerbaijan’s Khojavand in spotlight of foreign media

  06 October 2022    Read: 256
 Mass grave found in Azerbaijan’s Khojavand in spotlight of foreign media

Foreign media outlets widely covered the report on the discovery of a mass grave in Edilli village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavand district.

The Turkish leading media outlets, including Anadolu Agency and DHA news agencies, as well as TRT Haber, TGRT, TRT Avaz, CNN Turk and TRT Haber TV channels, "Milliyet", "Yeni akit", "Star" and other newspapers have published articles highlighting the mass grave of Azerbaijanis killed and buried by Armenian servicemen during the first Karabakh war that was found in the village of Edilli in Khojavand district.

The articles drew the readers’ attention to Assistant to the Azerbaijani President, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev’s Twitter post regarding the mass grave, saying that the diplomat described Edilli as a concentration camp for Azerbaijani hostages by Armenia.

The articles condemned this act of vandalism committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis describing it as a crime against humanity.

The articles also mentioned that during the first Karabakh war launched based on groundless claims by Armenia almost 4000 citizens of Azerbaijan, both civilians and military, still remain missing.

French media outlets also widely covered the mass grave found in the village of Edilli. Agence France-Presse, 20 Minutes, Le Progres, Durabull-products and other portals published articles about the second mass grave discovered in Edilli.

The articles noted that in February of this year, a mass grave of 25 tortured bodies was found in Edilli village. At the same time, there is still no information about the 4,000 Azerbaijanis who went missing during the First Karabakh War, and Armenia keeps refusing to provide the whereabouts of mass graves.

“Mass grave of tortured and killed Azerbaijani militaries by Armenia during the 1st Karabakh war was identified in Edilli village,” the French media outlets cited Hikmat Hajiyev, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration, as tweeting.

Al-Jazeera also provided information about the mass grave of Azerbaijani soldiers who were tortured to death by Armenians in Karabakh in the 1990s. It was reported that Azerbaijani soldiers were tortured and executed during the First Karabakh War. In general, there is still no information about the fate of nearly 4,000 Azerbaijanis who went missing during that war.

The Sun Daily newspaper, news7d.com, barrons.com, move-artistic.com, and inversezone.com portals published articles headlined “Azerbaijan says discovered mass grave dating back to 1990”.
The portals, referring to Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev, said Azerbaijani servicemen were tortured to death during the First Karabakh War. They underlined that there is still no information about the fate of nearly 4,000 Azerbaijani servicemen listed as missing during the First Karabakh War and Armenia refuses to provide mass grave locations.

The discovery of the mass grave in Edilli village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavand district was also widely highlighted by Moldova’s news portals.

Moldova’s Noi, Dosarmedia and other news portals reported that the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan opened a criminal case over the mass grave found in Edilli. The portals wrote that the investigation established that during the first Karabakh war, the armed formations of the illegal Armenian separatist regime and the Armenian armed forces grossly violated the international humanitarian law principles, including the requirements of Article 17 of the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949. As many as 25 prisoners of war, presumably Azerbaijani soldiers, were killed and buried by Armenians in the Edilli village of Khojavand district in 1993.

“During the investigation in the Edilli village, the remains of seven people were found on February 23-26, 2022, while the remains of 18 people were discovered on September 14-30, 2022. The remains were sent for molecular genetic testing. Resident of Azerbaijan's Fuzuli district Shamsi Shikhaliyev, who was subjected to various tortures by Armenia from August 28, 1993, to December 14, 1994, was recognized as a witness in the criminal case. The investigation is currently underway,” the Moldovan portals reported citing the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan.

Spain’s EFE News Agency and the Spanish edition of SWI swissinfo.ch, a multilingual news and information platform produced by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, and MSN news portal published articles, headlined “Missing from the First Karabakh War – an incurable wound”.
The articles noted that the recent discovery of three mass graves in Edilli village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavand district, liberated from the occupation in 2020, is another step in the long-term process of determining the fate of people who went missing during the First Karabakh War.

 


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