The Azerbaijan Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday held a commemoration ceremony for its soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Karabakh war.
“We liberated our territories from occupation in 44 days at the cost of the lives of young martyrs. There are no more refugees or Azerbaijani immigrants”, declared on this occasion Rashad Mammadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Turkey.
The singing of the Turkish and Azerbaijani national anthems marked the start of the ceremony, which took place in the historic hall of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (OSC).
A counter to the Muslim holy book, the Koran, was recited in honor of the soldiers, and images of Azerbaijan’s second Nagorno-Karabakh war were projected on a screen.
Mammadov recalled that “as a result of the defeat of the Armenians, we lost martyrs when the attacks on the villages and towns where the Azerbaijani Turks lived increased.”
“Our lands have started to be liberated from occupation in accordance with the order given to the army by its highest commander, President Ilham Aliyev.”
Mammadov noted that despite its defeat, the Armenian side did not respect the negotiated agreement, saying, “They are not moving the needle on a peace agreement between our nations.”
He said that Azerbaijan rebuilt the Karabakh region after being liberated from Armenian rule, adding that the history of Azerbaijan was lost in this region, but they are restoring it.
“Roads, infrastructure and smart cities and towns are all being built or will be,” he added.
“Unfortunately, the martyrs will always exist. May Allah have mercy on our fallen soldiers. The people of Azerbaijan will always remember their martyrs,” he added.
The ceremony was attended by the head of the Turkey-Azerbaijan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP Şamil Ayrım, soldiers serving in the Azerbaijani army, relatives of fallen soldiers, veterans and visitors.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a decades-long dispute over the Karabakh region, which is in Azerbaijan but had been under the illegal occupation of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war. In 1994.
Moscow brokered a peace deal last November to end six weeks of fighting in the territory, in which more than 6,600 people have been killed. The truce allowed Azerbaijan to regain control of large parts of Karabakh and surrounding areas controlled by Armenian-backed separatists.