Ilham Aliyev: Armenia’s occupation policy is attack not only on Azerbaijan, but also on historical and cultural heritage of Islam

10.05.2017 | 17:39


Today, the Islamic world faces serious challenges and many problems awaiting their solution, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyevsaid in an article titled “Strengthening of Islamic Solidarity is a Challenge of Time,” which was published by OIC Journal, the official publication of the Organization of Islamic Conference.


“Among the problems faced by the Islamic world, we can mention the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Palestinian and Kashmir conflicts, clashes in the Middle East, the refugee crisis and other issues,” said the president.


In the article, President Aliyev pointed to bloody actions carried out by Armenians over the last 200 years in order to occupy Azerbaijan’s historical lands and realize their plans to build their own state in these territories.


The present Armenian state was established in the ancient Azerbaijani lands, the president noted.


“Continuing its aggressive policy, in the early 1990s Armenia occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories, as a result of which more than a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons, and acts of ethnic cleansing and genocide were committed against our compatriots,” the Azerbaijani president said.


President Aliyev in his article also reminded the UN Security Council’s four resolutions (1993), which condemn the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and reaffirm the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan.


“Similar documents have also been adopted by the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and other prestigious organizations. The OIC adopted numerous resolutions supporting the territorial integrity and fair position of Azerbaijan, calling for recognition of the Khojaly genocide and stressing the need to take practical steps against Armenia’s aggressive policy. The issue was repeatedly discussed at sessions of the OIC Foreign Ministers Council. Besides, in September 2016, the OIC established a Contact Group on the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan,” added President Aliyev.


The Azerbaijani leader said he believes the UN and OIC resolutions that openly recognize Armenia as an aggressor should be the main message for Muslim countries wishing to develop relations with the occupant state.


“Armenia’s occupation policy is an attack not only on Azerbaijan, but also on the historical and cultural heritage of Islam in general. Hundreds of Muslim monuments, mosques, places of worship, cemeteries, etc. were destroyed in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, and all this was confirmed by the OSCE fact-finding missions,” noted President Aliyev.


In his article, the head of state pointed out that because of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia officially refused to recognize Armenia and Turkey, in turn, established no relations with this country.


“Five Muslim countries have officially recognized the Khojaly genocide. We consider all this an example of fraternal relations and real support”, the Azerbaijani president said.



25 years pass since occupation of Azerbaijan’s Shusha city

08.05.2017 | 12:40


Twenty-five years have passed since the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Shusha city by Armenia.

Shusha, one of the unique cultural centers of Azerbaijan, is a city, characterized for its natural beauty, and is a valuable monument of national architecture and medieval urban art. Constantly keeping the Azerbaijani national-spiritual values and traditions of music, Shusha before forming as a city of great economic, political and cultural significance, has passed a rich way as a center of Karabakh khanate, played its role in the lives of the people of Azerbaijan. This city, which went down in history thanks to Gasim bey Zakir, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Mir Mohsun Navvab, Najaf bey Vezirov, Abdurrahim bey Hagverdiyev, Yusif Vazir Chemenzeminli, Firidun bey Kocharli, Ahmad bey Agaoglu and other eminent personalities, is known worldwide as the cradle of the Azerbaijani mugham.

In 1977 at the initiative of Heydar Aliyev a decree “On the declaration of the historic part of the city of Shusha as historical and architectural reserve” was passed. Since that time, creative work in Shusha became widespread, house-museums of the great figures of our culture and arts Uzeyir bey Hajibeyli, Khurshidbanu Natavan and Bul-Bul were created, a mausoleum of an outstanding poet Molla Panah Vagif was built.

As a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Republic of Azerbaijan, which adopted on October 18, 1991 relevant documents for the restoration of its national independence, came face to face with the aggressive policy of ethnic cleansing by Armenia. Given that the country which was undergoing profound political, economic and social crisis and finding ways out of from tense situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, has not yet formed its own national army, it relied only on voluntary assistance of self-defense units during defense of Shusha which has high military and strategic importance. However, despite the fact that they fought valiantly, and had a decent resistance, on May 8, 1992 the Armenian armed forces armed to the teeth occupied Shusha.

In the battle for the defense of Shusha, 195 our compatriots were killed, 165 people were injured, 58 people captured and taken hostage. During the occupation the Armenian vandals looted the museums, in which there were thousands of pieces, destroyed hundreds of historical and cultural monuments, defaced shrines and mosques, destroyed a large number of specimens of rare manuscripts, and ruined the education and health care institutions.


Lithuanian Seimas adopts appeal on Khojaly Genocide

27.04.2017 | 17:48


A group of members of the Lithuanian Seimas have adopted an appeal on the Khojaly Genocide. The document regards the Nagorno Karabakh conflict as one of the most tragic conflicts of the twentieth century that affected the destiny of millions of Azerbaijanis and recalls that 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories was occupied by the Armenian armed forces.

The members of the Lithuanian Seimas noted with regret that requirements of four resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council demanding immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan hadn’t been implemented.

They regarded the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Khojaly city and brutal murder of hundreds of civilians as one of the worst crimes against humanity.

The appeal reiterates that the Republic of Lithuania has always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and called for withdrawal of the occupying forces from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories within the resolutions of the international organizations.


Sevinj Fataliyeva: Armenian snipers target Azerbaijani children living on frontline areas

25.04.2017 | 17:14

5743The ongoing discussions within the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly the Council of Europe (PACE) have focused on numerous questions. Member of Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter of the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development Sevinj Fataliyeva spoke of the conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Nagorno Karabakh as a result of which thousands of children lose their lives or are gravely injured by attacks and explosions. ‘The Armenian snipers choose Azerbaijani children living near the frontline as targets. It is high time to ensure security of each children’, she stressed. At her words, the “lawmakers have to make serious political decisions to this end”.