Tragic events took place in Martakert district Maraga village of
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic exactly ten years ago – April 10, 1992, when
according to different estimates 49 to 53 people were murdered.
According to «Arminfo» agency report, over 50 others including 9
children were taken hostage. The fortune of most of them is still
unknown. Unprecedented cruel crimes against the village peaceful
residents were committed by the Azeri military units
destination militia detachments rushed into Maraga together with twenty
tanks. The slaughter was renewed April 22, when the survived residents
of Maraga returned to bury those dead.
The data on Maraga victims is
confirmed by different international human rights organizations, in
particular by «Helsinki Watch.» Having arrived at the tragedy scene
Vice-Speaker of the House of Lords of the British Parliament Caroline
Cox witnessed the people bury remains of cut up and sawed bodies,
children and adults burnt alive.
Baroness Caroline Cox has described
Azeri atrocities in Maraga village in her book entitled «Ethnic
cleansing continues». In particular, Cox waxes indignant over the fact
that Azeris make high-sounding statements and appeal to various
international organizations on the occasion of the events in khojalu,
where in her words, everything was not so unambiguous, while the
Armenians having at their disposal incontestable proofs of the
atrocities present them to the international community insufficiently
actively. The Maraga tragedy is viewed as one of the most horrible
examples of genocide and is considered by the Karabakh side among
Azerbaijan's bloody crimes in Getashen, Martunashen, Buzluh, Erkej and
other settlements in the north of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic at the time
of aggression in 1991-1992.