25 February Sunday

Turkiye-Azerbaijan Friendship Park opened in Istanbul…

Turkiye - Azerbaijan Friendship Park in which a monument is erected in memory of the Martyrs of Hocalı Massacre built by the IMM in Bagcilar, Istanbul was opened with the participation of Istanbul Mayor Mr. Mevlüt Uysal and with guests from Azerbaijan.

A ceremony has been held in Bagclar, Istanbul, to open Turkiye - Azerbaijan Friendship Park and Khojaly genocide memorial.

Mr. Mevlüt Uysal, the mayor of, Mr. Vasip Şahin, the governor Istanbul, Mr. Lokman Çağırıcı, the mayor of Bağcılar District, the Azerbaijani President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijan`s consul general to Istanbul Masim Hajiyev, and other officials, diplomats and MPs, Turkish public figures, scientists and culture figures, local residents, NGO and media representatives participated in opening ceremony.

Istanbul mayor Mevlut Uysal and the mayor of Bağcılar Municipality Lokman Cagrici said Turkey considers Khojaly as its own tragedy. "It is our moral debt to demand justice for this genocide and try our best so that it is never forgotten," Çagrici said.

Ali Hasanov described Khojaly genocide as one of the gravest human tragedies of the 20th century. He described the creation of the park and erection of the memorial as Turkey`s tribute to Azerbaijan`s grief. "I am confident that this memorial will become a symbol of friendship and brotherhood and represent a profound importance to nations, peoples and civilizations."

Officials then cut the ribbon symbolizing the inauguration of the park and memorial, and planted a tree here.

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