Nagorno-Karabakh: Shusha liberated from occupation, says President Aliyev

Nagorno-Karabakh: Shusha liberated from occupation, says President Aliyev

BAKU: President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, announced on Sunday that Azerbaijan’s ancient city of Shusha has been liberated from occupation, reported by the Azerbaijan State News Agency (Azertac).

“Shusha, which was under occupation for twenty-eight and a half years, has been liberated! Shusha is free now! We have returned to Shusha! We have won this historic victory on the battlefield. 8 November 2020 will forever remain in the history of Azerbaijan. This history will live forever,” said Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, in his address to the nation.

President Aliyev also said that the victory is won on the battlefield and not at the negotiating table.

“I have said many times that, despite all the statements, there are military solutions to this conflict, the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and we are proving it on the battlefield today. Nearly 30 years of meaningless negotiations did not bring us any closer to the result.

“Our ancient historical lands had been under occupation for almost 30 years. In the process of negotiations, the Armenian side simply wanted to gain time, strengthen the status quo and perpetuate it. Over the years, signals sent to Azerbaijan from various power centres were repeatedly urging us to put up with the situation. However, showing determination, courage and political will, we did not go for any agreement that did not meet the interests of the Azerbaijani people.

“I have repeatedly stated from all international forums that the restoration of our lands and territorial integrity is our main task, and we are fulfilling this task. Negotiations did not yield any results. They were just trying to fool us, they were just trying to freeze the issue.

“We are liberating our lands from occupiers at the cost of the lives and blood of our people, soldiers and officers. We are expelling the occupiers from our lands and we will expel them!

“Giving this good news to the people of Azerbaijan on this historic day is perhaps one of the happiest days of my life,” added President Aliyev.

According to an entry on the website – made available to Bernama by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Kuala Lumpur – Shusha, located in the western part of Azerbaijan, is the city most directly affected by the Karabakh conflict. In the spring of 1992, the entire population, numbering tens of thousands, fled for their lives when Armenian troops advanced on the city.

Anadolu Agency reported that Shusha – which was occupied by Armenian forces on May 8, 1992 – has critical importance in liberating Nagorno-Karabakh, or Upper Karabakh region, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan. It is located on the road to Khankendi, the region’s largest city.