Mr Ruslan Nasibov, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ethiopia addresses guests during the 8 November Victory Day and the Year of Shusha at Hyatt Regency in Addis Ababa. PHOTO/UGC
By FIKIR GILITSI
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Ethiopia held an exhibition and a reception dedicated to 8 November Victory Day and the Year of Shusha at Hyatt Regency in Addis Ababa.
At the exhibition, diplomats, members of parliament, journalists, and other invited guests were presented with photos and videos of the sacred city of Azerbaijan – Shusha, soldiers who led Azerbaijan to victory during the 44-days Patriotic War, and reconstruction works being carried out in the liberated territories.
In his opening remark of the celebration, Mr Ruslan Nasibov, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ethiopia said that 8 November was declared a Victory Day of Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev in his address to the people of Azerbaijan about the liberation of Shusha city from the Alley of Martyrs two years ago.
Mr Ruslan said that was a prelude to Azerbaijan’s victory in the 44-day Patriotic War, started on 27 September, 2020 when “the Azerbaijani Army carried out a counter-offensive in response to yet another large-scale provocation of Armenia’s military firing with heavy artillery in Azerbaijan civilian population and armed forces’ positions. The counter-offensive operation was carried out in the territory of Azerbaijan,” he said.
For nearly 30 years, Azerbaijan was committed to resolving the issues peacefully while Armenia kept on implementing policy of occupation illegal settlement and even planning “new war for new territories”, having caused a military provocation in July 2020 at the border with Azerbaijan.
Guests at the 8 November Victory Day and the Year of Shusha at Hyatt Regency in Addis Ababa listen Mr Ruslan Nasibov, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ethiopia. PHOTO/UGC
According to Mr Ruslan, this made clear to them to seek liberation of their lands but this time with iron fist, having set an example of determination, perseverance, invincibility and national solidarity.
Armenia was then forced to withdraw from Azerbaijan’s territory including Aghdam, Kalbajar and Lachin liberated on 20 November, 25 November and 1 December, respectively with no bloodshed as per the tripartite statement by Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia signed on November 10, 2020.
Azerbaijan’s victory ended the 30-year illegal occupation of 20% of Azerbaijan’s territories by Armenia despite the four resolutions of the UN Security Council, decisions and resolutions of a number of international organizations commending that the territories belong to Azerbaijan only.
The diplomat further went on saying that this year Azerbaijan celebrates 270th anniversary of Shusha city founded back in 1752 by Azerbaijani Panahali Khan. Shusha is a crown of Karabakh’s region of Azerbaijan and cultural cradle not only of Azerbaijan but also entire Turkic world. And the city is declared Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2023.
Although challenged by land mines planted by Armenian armed forces and lack of precise maps of majority of mine fields (accuracy of maps provided by Armenia is less than 25%), the government of Azerbaijan currently is carrying out large-scale restoration and reconstruction works in the liberated territories and taking consistent steps to ensure the safe and dignified return of nearly one million of displaced Azerbaijanis to their homeland who were subjected to ethnic cleansing by Armenia.
FIKIR GILITSI is a political analyst based in Addis Ababa.
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