Azerbaijan president, wife visit liberated Aghdam city

Azerbaijan president, wife visit liberated Aghdam city

BAKU: Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and the first lady Mehriban Aliyeva Monday visited the liberated city of Aghdam and raised the country’s flag in the city after 27 years of occupation, Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) reported.

Driving the car on the way to Aghdam, President Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan has liberated the city and the occupied lands of Aghdam district without firing a single shot.

“We have defeated the enemy on the battlefield and forced them to withdraw from Aghdam district,” he said.

Noting that there is not a single safe building in the area, Aliyev said that the enemy will be held accountable for all the war crimes.

“We will also invite journalists to Aghdam, including foreign journalists and representatives of the diplomatic corps. Let them come and see,” he added.

The head of state and the first lady then visited the Aghdam mosque where he presented a holy Quran from Makkah to the mosque.

The mosque with two minarets, which became a place of hope and refuge for the survivors of the Khojaly genocide, was also destroyed by the enemy.

Aliyev also made a speech in front of the Aghdam mosque during his visit.

Relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia have remained tense since 1991, but fresh clashes broke out on Sept 27.

Anadolu Agency reported that in total, about 20 per cent of Azerbaijan’s territory had been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.

On Nov 10, the two countries signed a Russia-brokered agreement to end fighting and work toward a comprehensive resolution. 

In the past, the United Nations Security Council had adopted four resolutions, among others calling for the withdrawal of all occupying forces from the areas of Azerbaijan. The OSCE Minsk Group – co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US – was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail.