The head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Ramiz Mehdiyev, has issued an order approving the plan of events on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.
The plan envisages laying wreaths at the Khojaly memorials in Khatai district in Baku, in Goranboy region and Agjakand village, visits of community representatives to the Alley of Martyrs, holding press conferences, commemorative ceremonies at embassies, missions and diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan in foreign countries, ensuring media coverage of these events both within the country and abroad, including dissemination of materials reflecting the bloody massacre on TV and radio channels and regular updates on the Internet.
Under the plan, religious confessions and organizations operating in the country will hold commemorative ceremonies for victims of the Khojaly genocide, memorial nights, photo-art exhibitions, meeting with witnesses will be held, documentary and feature films devoted to the struggle for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan will be shown in institutions and organizations, educational and cultural institutions.
Meetings will be organized with heads of government agencies, MPs and martyr families of intellectuals in cities and districts where Khojaly residents are temporarily settled (Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Mingachevir, Sheki, Goranboy, Barda, Sabirabad, Goychay, Zagatala, Oghuz, Balakan).
On February 26, first lessons at schools will be dedicated to the Khojaly tragedy and a minute`s silence will be held 17.00 throughout the country to commemorate the victims of the Khojaly genocide.
National flags of Azerbaijan will be lowered in the country that day as a sign of mourning.