By Laman Ismayilova
A documentary film featuring a story of two Aghdam citizens, who were internally displaced because of Armenian occupation on July 23, 1993 has been presented in Baku.
A grand presentation of documentary film "Ağdam. 5 fraqment" shot by Belgium organization "The connection point of the Caucasus" took place at Baku's Nizami Cinema Center, Trend life reports.
"The connection point of the Caucasus" organization is funded by the Council of State Support to NGOs under the President of Azerbaijan.
The event was attended by prominent public figures, heads of state agencies, public associations, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan and creative team of the film.
Addressing the ceremony, the organization's chairman Michel Ivor told about the film shooting process and expressed deep appreciation for the support provided by the Council within its grant program for foreign NGOs.
MP Bakhtiyar Aliyev and Chairman of the NGO Council, MP Azay Guliyev praised the work of the casting team, adding that the main characters showed the bitter fate of more than one million Azerbaijanis.
Later, the Council awarded Michel Ivor, the film director, an honorary diploma within its grant program for foreign NGOs.
Noteworthy, the film was first presented in Brussels in February and elicited high public interest.
The Armenian armed forces invaded a city and 80 villages of Agdam district territory on July 23, 1993. The Armenian aggressors could seize 882 sq. km. of the 1,094 sq. km. territory of the region. This occupation resulted in displacement of 128,000 people, including 17,000 of adults.
Since a war in the early 1990s, the Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions.
A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 1994, but long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian, and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far. Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country's territories.
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