By Vafa Ismayilova
Turkic Council Secretary-General Baghdad Amreyev has said that the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council) plans to hold a large business forum on the participation of companies from Turkic-speaking countries in the restoration of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region in April.
He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Trend.
"I think that during this meeting, which will be organized by the Turkic Council and the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Azerbaijan, we will be able to attract a large number of companies from our countries to the restoration work. Wherever I am, whatever country I visit, I always meet the business community and urge its representatives to actively participate in these restoration projects," Amreyev said.
The secretary-general added that business circles from the Turkic-speaking states will take active participation in Karabakh's rehabilitation.
"I hope that the business circles of our countries will take an active part in this process. In addition, we, as a Turkic organization, immediately after the liberation of the occupied territories, visited Aghdam and Fuzuli, and I hope we will soon visit Shusha. We will apply all the effort of our countries to restore the cultural sites of Karabakh, which were completely destroyed [while under Armenian occupation]. We will make every effort so that our countries take part in the restoration process," he said.
In late March, the Foreign Ministry stated that Armenia deliberately targeted the Azerbaijani heritage, conducted cultural cleansing and numerous war crimes in the once occupied territories, including the destruction of 927 libraries, more than 60 mosques, 44 temples, 473 historical sites, palaces and museums.
The hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed after that latter started firing at Azerbaijani civilians and military positions starting September 27, 2020. The war ended on November 10 with the signing of a trilateral peace deal by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.
The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centres and historic Shusha city. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.
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