By Akbar Mammadov
President Ilham Aliyev has said that Armenian troops must vacate Azerbaijan’s occupied lands and that restoring its territorial integrity is Azerbaijan’s right.
President Ilham Aliyev made the remark while meeting with the servicemen wounded during the ongoing clashes along the line of contact that started with Armenia’s attack on September 27.
The servicemen are undergoing treatment at the Central Military Clinical Hospital of the Defense Ministry in Baku.
Armenian attacks near occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region in the past days have killed dozens of Azerbaijani civilians and injured many others.
Commenting on the military operations on the line of contact, Aliyev said that the Azerbaijani Army successfully conducted an operation and liberated strategic heights and several settlements.
“We are returning to these lands after a long break. We have hoisted our flag on these lands and no-one can take us out of these lands. We must restore our territorial integrity,” the president stressed.
“Armenian people must understand that it is a crime to occupy the land of another state for 30 years, destroy all buildings and historical sites, expel more than 1 million people from their homeland and commit genocide against the Azerbaijani people.”
The president said that Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijan’s native, ancient and historical land.
“We are restoring historical justice, historical justice! Karabakh is our native, ancient and historical land. Suffice it to look at the history of the Karabakh khanate to see that the people of Azerbaijan have lived, built and created on these lands for centuries. Our sacred city of Shusha was built by the Azerbaijanis. The lands under occupation today are our historical lands. Our cause is the cause of justice. We want to restore our territorial integrity, we have the right to do so, we are doing it and we will do it.”
The president stressed that there is high morale in the army and the society, adding that he has been receiving many letters every day for the last three to four days, both from citizens of the country and from other countries.
“According to the information provided to me, all our wounded soldiers and officers live with the desire to recover soon and go back to the zone of military action, to continue the just war for the Motherland. Ours is the cause of justice, we are fighting on our own lands, we are fighting for the Motherland. We are fighting for a fair cause, and I am sure that in this conflict we will achieve what we want. Justice will be done and Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity.
“Our compatriots who have been living as IDPs for many years will also return to their native lands,” the president said.
Furthermore, the president said that special attention is being paid to the families of martyrs in the country, and all necessary work is being done by the state and that Azerbaijan can be considered an exemplary country in the world for the attention being paid to the families of martyrs.
“Upon my instructions, all the families of martyrs are provided with apartments and houses by the state. This year alone, 1,500 families of martyrs will be provided with housing by the state. In the next two to three years, the families of our heroic sons who died in the first Karabakh war will be fully provided with houses and apartments.”
“We still have martyrs today. We have had martyrs in the battles for the Motherland. May Allah rest their souls in peace, may Allah give patience to their families and relatives.”
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