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The Republic Of Azerbaijan: A Historical Overview Of The Second Karabakh War – OpEd

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1. Introduction

Strategic thought in the Republic of Azerbaijan, under the leadership of President H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, has been a pivotal concept that has ensured the nation’s economic progress, liberation of its entire sovereign territory from Armenian Armed Forces and Baku’s indispensable role in promoting regional security and cooperation with European Union member states, NATO Alliance and Italy.  President Ilham Aliyev has nurtured a strategic cooperation with the Republic of Turkey and with the United States of America. The main pillars of this essay are: an outlook of the Second Karabakh War taking place inside the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan; operational accomplishments within the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, liberation of Shusha City, Agdam District, Fuzuli District and all other regions of Azerbaijan that were under the occupation of Armenian regime for over three decades.   

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The extensive research and information provided purports to offer a detailed perspective of the current security situation in the Southern Caucasus and aims to further promote the national security and foreign policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a principal nation that has played an enormous role to preserve regional peace and constantly strengthen the economic – industrial cooperation with every European country.   In the period from September 27 to October 30, 2020, the Armenian armed forces have launched 218 missile strikes on peaceful settlements of Azerbaijan located far away from the conflict zone.

According to Prof. Dr. Vusal Gasimli, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Reforms Analysis and Communication (CAERC) in Azerbaijan: “this includes 22 missile strikes that were launched to destroy and trigger collateral damage to the innocent people of Ganja city, second largest city of Azerbaijan. There is a total of 30 rocket strikes against Barda district, and 49 exploded and caused tremendous damage to the people and territory of Goranboy district.” The heroic military operations and war of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan and liberation of Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory continued until November 10th, 2020.  Along with this, 14 missiles were fired at Aghjabadi district, 18 at Tartar district, eight at Mingachevir district, six missiles at Naftalan city, and nine missiles at Beylagan district. As a result of rocket attacks, there was a large number of dead and wounded innocent civilians.  On September 27, 2020, Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack against the positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery. Immediately the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front; conducting successful operations and utilizing precision guided munitions launched by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), purchased by Azerbaijan from the military technology companies in the Republic of Turkey. [1] 

2. Swift liberation tactics by Azerbaijan Armed Forces

In July 2020, Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire and attacked the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan located in the Tovuz district of Azerbaijan. The immediate retaliation from Azerbaijan’s forces had caused a major blow and significant losses to the Armenian Armed Forces and destroyed some of the key military infrastructure objects of Armenia inside the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. The fighting continued in the following days and during the clashes Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel; who died while fighting and containing the brutal attacks from the Armenian Armed Forces, occurring inside the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. 

The Second Karabakh War was ignited by Armenian Armed Forces on September 27th, 2020, and continued until November 10th, 2020; engraving the tremendous pride and accomplishments of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan; a splendid asset of the Azerbaijani people that will remain and truly represent a success story in European modern military history books.  

On September 27, Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack against the positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery. Azerbaijan responded with an effective counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as secured crucial and strategic heights that ensured a greater control of the territory. 

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The fighting continued in early October 2020, and Armenia launched various missile attacks aimed at, and targeting, the Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi and Absheron district.

On October 28th, 2020, at approximately 1.30 pm local time, Armenia fired two Smerch rockets into Barda, striking a residential neighborhood close to a hospital. The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office has stated that at least 21 people were killed, over 70 citizens injured, and infrastructure destroyed. 

Armenian Armed Forces fired two 300 mm 9M525 type missiles with a 9N235 cluster warhead containing 72 fragmentation combat elements (totally 144) from the Smerch multiple launch missile system on the metropolitan area of Barda city. As a result, 21 people, including 5 women, were killed, and 70 people, including 8 children and 15 women received injuries of various degrees. Furthermore, over 30 civilian facilities, more than 20 private houses and 22 vehicles were also heavily damaged from the missile attacks. Since September 27th, 91 civilians were killed and 400 were wounded as a result of Armenian shelling against the cities and residential areas of Azerbaijan.  According to Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia: “The firing of cluster munitions into civilian areas is cruel and reckless, and causes untold death, injury and misery. Cluster munitions are inherently indiscriminate weapons, and their use in any circumstances is banned under international humanitarian law.” [2]  

Despite the role of Amnesty International calling on all sides to the conflict to fully respect international humanitarian law and to protect civilians from the effects of hostilities, Yerevan has grossly violated the International Law and killed a large number of Azerbaijani civilians inside the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, throughout the past three decades.  Armenian government has constantly violated and disregarded collateral damage during the Second Karabakh War; Yerevan has inflicted so many losses among civilian life in Azerbaijan and violated the international law.

On October 30th, 2020, Human Rights Watch stated that Armenian Armed Forces “either fired or supplied internationally banned cluster munitions and at least one other type of long-range rocket used in an attack on Barda city, 230 kilometers west of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku;” the attack was perpetrated on October 28th, 2020. [3] 

According to senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch and a Harvard University graduate, Mrs. Belkis Wille: “There’s a reason these brutal weapons are banned by an international treaty and using them in a city center shows flagrant disregard for civilian life and international law.” Mrs. Wille accentuated that all countries should condemn using cluster munitions in the war over Nagorno-Karabakh. [4] 

Human Rights Watch report added that the watchdog reviewed six videos and 28 photographs taken from the scenes of the attack and shared them directly with researchers. Human Rights Watch was able to verify the location of the two sites that were attacked by matching key landmarks in the photographs and videos with satellite imagery. The report stated that “one of the locations confirmed was less than 100 meters from Barda Central Hospital, the city’s largest fully functioning hospital.” It was confirmed in the annual Military Balance 2020 published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, that Armenia has Tochka-U tactical missiles and Iskander ballistic missiles, Smerch and Chinese-made WM-80 multi-barrel rocket launchers, all of which can deliver cluster munitions warheads. 

Cluster munitions are inherently indiscriminate weapons that inflict serious suffering to noncombatant population many years after their use and are internationally banned by a treaty that is signed by more than 100 states. [5] According to Colonel Babak Alakbarov, high ranking officer of the State Border Service (SBS), Hero of the Patriotic War, who showed great courage in the operations along the Araz River: “During the Patriotic War, every task and obligation set forth by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev to the State Border Service were duly fulfilled.” 

Colonel Babak Alakbarov emphasized for Report News Agency that: “one of the reasons for the successful operations in the Second Karabakh War is the effective use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The location and coordinates of the enemy were determined by UAVs and then fully transmitted to us. We also used Israeli made IAI Harops to inflict heavy blows to the enemy, destroyed their military equipment.” In the Khudafarin operation there were used other aircrafts to conduct reconnaissance and collect intelligence. After rescuing, clearing Amirvarli village of Jabrayil District from the enemy forces, an operational plan was prepared for the liberation of Khudafarin bridge. 

Colonel Babak Alakbarov stated that: “Azerbaijani Armed Forces were tasked to take the heights around Khudafarin. As a result of a blitzkrieg operation, we liberated the heights from the enemy. The location of the enemy was detected in advance by UAVs. Then we crossed to the rear of the enemy, and when we settled there, the Armenians did not notice it. As a result of the ambush set up there, we carried out a successful operation against the enemy troops and destroyed them. Thanks to our advantages over the Armenians in this location, we did not have any martyrs or wounded soldiers.” One of the most successful battles in the Patriotic War, with intensive clashes that continued for 44 days and resulted in the victory of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, was the operation along the Araz River. As a result of these successful operations, on October 18th, 2020, the Khudafarin bridge was liberated from the enemy forces and the 27-year-long occupation and longing for this historic landmark to the nation of Azerbaijan, was over.

The glorious tricolor flag of Azerbaijan has been mounted since October 18th, on the liberated Khudafarin bridge. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev conveyed this joy to the people of Azerbaijan. The liberation of the Khudafarin bridge, that historically connected the north and south of Azerbaijan, was reported to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief by the officer of the State Border Service, Hero of the Patriotic War Babak Alakbarov. [6]     

3. Armed Forces of Azerbaijan conduct impressive operations

The notable Victory in the Patriotic War that was launched by the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, on September 27th, 2020, in response to the constant provocations of Armenian armed forces on the front lines, brought the Armenian political leadership and its army to a disastrous capitulation and well-deserved humiliation.

In the military units of Azerbaijan, tucked in the trenches, soldiers have fought side by side no matter what ethnic group they represented.  The Lezghins, Talysh, Udin or Avar, all soldiers from these ethnic minority groups in Azerbaijan have shown a great deal of heroism, commitment, courage, and valor. There were so many examples of heroism in the Patriotic War of Azerbaijan that will remain forever in history. Heroism, high-level of fighting spirit and patriotism of Azerbaijani soldiers, were the principal factors that brought impressive results in the battlefield and secured liberation of sovereign territory of Azerbaijan.  The frontline soldier knew what he was fighting for, had a clear objective, and this further increased the feeling of patriotism. Alakbarov states that “if there was no patriotism, the army would have lost the war, even if it possesses the most modern weapons in the world.” [7]

On October 19th, 2020, the attack on Nakhchivan, sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, was a manifestation of weakness by the Armenian leadership and its military personnel, as the confrontation with Azerbaijan was ruining Yerevan’s morale and resilience in the frontlines. According to Dr. Elkhan Alasgarov, Director of the Baku Network Expert Council: “Armenia has used operational-tactical missiles against civilian facilities and this is another war crime that Yerevan continues to commit against the territory of Azerbaijan. First, they fired at Ganja, but now, after the preventive measures taken by the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, they chose another target to attack – Nakhchivan.” The purpose here was the same – to cause a big international conflict and drag Russia into it. Therefore, the Armenian leadership constantly declared that Turkey is fighting against Yerevan [in the battlefield], it wanted to make the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict international, involve as many countries as possible and move away from responsibility for the Karabakh settlement.  Two individuals must be punished for shelling the territory of Nakhchivan, where no military operations are taking place – Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who gave the order to fire tactical missiles against the civilian population and his Defense Minister David Tonoyan. This war crime in Nakhchivan doesn’t contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, on the contrary, it causes a new aggravation. Based on the agreement signed during the establishment of the autonomy in Nakhchivan, the Republic of Turkey has political and legal responsibility for its security and territorial integrity as part of Azerbaijan. This means that the strike on Nakhchivan was aimed at drawing both Turkey and Russian Federation into the conflict. [8]  

4. Diplomatic Achievements of President Ilham Aliyev

The 44-day war put an end to nearly 30 years of Armenian occupation, ensured the liberation of Azerbaijan’s lands and the restoration of the country’s territorial integrity.  With these military operations, the Government of Azerbaijan had embraced its economic prowess and urgently begun the implementation of large public works in the districts of Agdam, Fuzuli, Qubadli, Khojavend, Kalbajar and other cities.  

The 44 – day Second Nagorno Karabakh War was an intensive period of successful military operations by the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan as well as geopolitical dialogue and diplomacy between the President of Azerbaijan H. E. Ilham Aliyev and other heads of state in Eurasia. On November 3rd, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin conducted a conversation via teleconference call with the President of Azerbaijan H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev. In the same day, the Armenian armed forces were forced to retreat, suffering heavy losses.  On November 3rd, the list of the destroyed military equipment of the Armenian armed forces was announced, including the elimination of an Armenian UAV.  Armenia violated the ceasefire regime on the state border. Nevertheless, the Azerbaijani army secured a full advantage over the Armenian armed forces.

Furthermore, the Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli region, using Smerch multiple-launch missile system. The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan have neutralized the reconnaissance and sabotage group of Armenia nearby the direction of Azerbaijan’s Zangilan region and two ammunition depots of Armenian military near Khankendi city were destroyed.  A sniper group of the Armenian armed forces was destroyed, at a time when the Armenian armed forces fired on Azerbaijan’s Agdam and Aghjabadi regions.   

The 44 – days war had produced the largest levels of military desertion rate from the frontlines by members of Armenian Armed Forces, in the entire history of Armenia and in the history of Europe since World War I. Many high-ranking officers of Armenia have abandoned their fellow soldiers and assignments in the front line, as a result the glorious Armed Forces of Azerbaijan have diligently organized a series of offensive incursions to liberate the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, with spectacular outcomes and very few casualties. 

The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan were very successful in eliminating the commander of the Armenian armed forces’ tank battalion and several Armenian tanks were destroyed because of their swift maneuvers.  Furthermore, on November 3rd (2020), the phosphorus shells fired by Armenia at Azerbaijan’s Tartar region had been neutralized. Accurate information about these military operations had been prepared by the Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC), in publishing video footages of the destruction of the Armenian armed forces’ tanks in the battles around Khojavend region, where the commander of the Armenian armed forces’ motorized infantry regiment was killed.

On November 10th, 2020, Baku and Yerevan signed a ceasefire that was brokered by Moscow; this historic event marked the end of six weeks of intensive fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that were occupied and plundered by the Armenian Government since the early 1990s, the invasion lasted for nearly three decades.

This peace agreement demanded the immediate return of territories of Azerbaijan that were occupied by Armenia, including Kalbajar, Agdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers and the historic city of Shusha. [9] During the final phase of the war, after Armenia’s surrender, Azerbaijan had shown a genuine example of humanitarianism in Eurasia.  After the signing of the trilateral agreement and surrender of Armenia; Yerevan requested 10 days more for the withdrawal of its troops from the region. The Republic of Azerbaijan once again demonstrated a strong sense of humanism and taking into account the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin; extended the deadline of Armenia’s withdrawal from Kalbajar and Lachin regions until November 25th, 2020.  [10]     

5. Conclusion

On May 12th, 2021, Europe and the world received an important cultural message from Shusha’s Jidir Duzu plain: The “Kharibulbul” Music Festival, held in the recently liberated territory of Azerbaijan, was an impressive event that pondered and emphasized once again the importance of peace, economic prosperity, multiculturalism and how these principal values serve to uphold the harmonious coexistence of various ethnic groups in the South Caucasus region. 

For Mr. Aslan Aslanov “The performances by representatives of various peoples living in Azerbaijan demonstrated the proper way on how countries should develop.  Only multi-confessional and multiethnic countries and societies can develop, can have unity, national solidarity and peace.” Mr. Aslanov underscores that “Azerbaijan has been promoting multiculturalism and the coexistence of different peoples both in the country and internationally. We share our experience and show that this is possible.” The “Kharibulbul” music festival has become another confirmation of this policy that has been promoted by the President of Azerbaijan, H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev. 

Another remarkable public relations strategy is the genuine publications of First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva on social networks, as well as the footage taken by festival participants during a walkabout in Shusha. These major publications and video recordings clearly show that life in the ancient city of Shusha is already back to normal and restoration projects are moving forward.

Conversely, the UNESCO officials have refused to visit Karabakh in order to document the acts of barbarism committed in the destroyed cities and villages during the years of Armenian occupation; three decades of destruction and environmental holocaust committed by Yerevan’s ruling elite.    

Azerbaijan is a highly creative nation determined to build large infrastructure projects and major industrial centers that would benefit the regions of Kalbajar, Fuzuli, Qubadli District and Zangilan District. The recent inauguration of Fuzuli International Airport in Azerbaijan, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev; is testimony of Azerbaijan’s political willingness to strengthen the regional economic cooperation and pursue effective partnerships with member countries of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the European Union. [11] 

Together with the people of Azerbaijan, and thanks to the glorious Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, Eurasia’s civilizations have returned in the magnificent city of Shusha!

Under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, Shusha will become one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a premier center of European intercultural traditions.

The head of state has raised the flag of Azerbaijan in liberated territories, ignited a bonfire in Shusha on the occasion of Novruz, prayed with his family in local mosques (that were destroyed by Armenian vandalism), inaugurated the beginning of new public works, airports and other infrastructure projects in Karabakh, washed his hands in the crystalline waters of the Araz River in front of the famous Khudafarin bridge (Khodaafarin Bridges –  Xudafərin körpüləri); these are very special moments that exemplify the deeply rooted historical heritage of Karabakh as an integral territory with an important meaning for the people of Azerbaijan; representing the deeply rooted legacy of Azerbaijan in this region. [12]  

In May 2021, in his congratulatory message to his Azerbaijani colleague, president Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Republic Day; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed confidence that Azerbaijani-Turkish brotherhood and cooperation will make a significant guarantee for ensuring peace, prosperity and stability in the region. The Turkish president attended a groundbreaking ceremony of a Turkish school in Azerbaijan’s newly liberated Shusha city during his visit to the country in June 14-16, 2021. [13]  

Shusha, along with 300 other city centers, villages and settlements were liberated from around 30 years of Armenian occupation during the war between September 27 and November 10.  The war ended on November 10th, 2020, with the signing of a trilateral peace deal by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.  On January 11, 2021, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders signed the second statement to unblock all economic and transport communications in the region.

The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Under the peace deal, Azerbaijan also recovered its Armenian-occupied territories: Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Azerbaijan has spent US$1.5 billion on restoration of its liberated territories in 2021. [14] 

On November 5th, 2020, the International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF), under the leadership of its President Umud Mirzayev, and Vice President Ramil Azizov, has submitted a report on the crimes committed by the Armenian occupying forces against Azerbaijan.  The report is dedicated to the results of the escalation of the Armenian military forces on the frontline in Karabakh in September and October (2020). The report was prepared by IEPF observation mission members, IEPF representative in US and International Relations expert Peter Marko Tase, IEPF Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, UN Human Rights Committee, and Professor of Law Osman Al Hajj. The report reflects the assessments of the Armenian military units on the consequences of the aggression of the Armenian military forces against Azerbaijani civilians, strategic facilities, and social infrastructure. The report deals with war crimes committed as a result of the shelling of towns and villages far from the line of contact by the Armenian military during the military operations that began on September 27. The report identifies the actions of Armenian military units during the Second Karabakh War, which contradict the norms of international law. [15] 

The victorious 44-day war showed again that all citizens in Azerbaijan live in the conditions of friendship, brotherhood and solidarity. In his remarks at the Azadlig Square in Baku, the Turkish head of State emphasized: “The fog in the Shusha mountains is no longer as morose. The flower of Khari Bulbul (Ophrys caucasian) is free and will become even more beautiful. The Kendelenchay River will abound in water even more. The Araz River will sing its song even more loudly. The voices performing “Karabakh Shikestesi” will sound even louder.”  For the first time in my life, I saw a leader with great determination, fortitude and unbridled ambition, the President Ilham Aliyev, the Victorious Commander-in-Chief, conducting a great military campaign that has ensured the recovery of all sovereign lands of Azerbaijan. The head of state of Azerbaijan during his first trip to Shusha, emphasized: “The Azerbaijani people would never have come to terms with the loss of Shusha. That is why the liberation of Shusha from occupation had a special place among our goals.”

On the other hand, the Armenian chauvinists in 2021, have pursued an active slander operation, disinformation campaign against the people and government of Azerbaijan. The Armenian lobby has insulted the national dignity of Azerbaijan while collaborating with their foreign agents of influence that continue to operate in many countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Germany and Paraguay to mention a few.

The Armenian government has recruited high level government officials from Paraguay, including Ambassador Federico Alberto Gonzalez Franco, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay: Luis Alberto Castiglioni Soria (the current Minister of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay, and former MFA of Paraguay), Ambassador Eladio Loizaga Caballero and Ambassador Rigoberto Gauto Vielman; these are only a few officials from the many Latin American governments that work closely with Yerevan’s autocratic regime to promote the chauvinistic agenda of Nikol Pashinyan in Latin America and in the UN Headquarters in New York.  These Latin American diplomats in Asunción, have facilitated significant publication space and provided priceless propaganda channels in Paraguay’s largest newspapers, government websites and TV Channels, in support of Armenia’s abhorrent campaign against the dynamic and effective Government of Azerbaijan and the hard-working, peace-loving people of Azerbaijan. These government leaders in Paraguay did everything in their power to suspend and block the establishment of the Center for Azerbaijan Political and Historical Studies in the National University of the East (UNE), Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The Center for Azerbaijan Political and Historical Studies was inaugurated and founded in 2017 by Mr. Rolando Segovia Páez, Director General of International Relations at UNE. The Government of Armenia has strongly demonstrated its unwillingness to engage in a peaceful dialogue and pursue diplomatic negotiations with the Government of Azerbaijan. According to Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, the number of mines cleared at Fuzuli International Airport territory goes beyond 1,200 mines that have already been cleared. [16]

The subject of the second Karabakh war will be included in the textbooks of Azerbaijan. According to President Ilham Aliyev: “I have already ordered that the subject of the second Karabakh war be included in history books in our educational programs, schools and universities. Our relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Education, are working on this issue to study our glorious history. Because the international media are still publishing false and distorted information about the second Karabakh war. Therefore, we must convey the true story based on facts both to our citizens and to the world. I do hope that this issue will be reflected in the Turkish history books as well, especially if we consider Turkey’s great political and moral support for Azerbaijan since the early hours of the war.” President Aliyev will remain in the modern history of Europe as the most successful and courageous head of state in the post Cold War Era. [17] 

Notes and References

[1] “«Существует подозрение в отношении того, готова ли Армения к урегулированию границы с Азербайджаном» – ЭКСКЛЮЗИВ ИЗ США” 

https://vesti.az/xeber/%D0%9F%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0/sushhestvuet-podozrenie-v-otnosenii-togo-gotova-li-armeniya-k-uregulirovaniyu-granicy-s-azerbaidzanom-eksklyuziv-iz-ssa-448611 (Accessed on November 5th, 2021)

[2] https://uk.linkedin.com/in/marie-struthers-4395954 

Cluster munitions scatter hundreds of bomblets, or submunitions, over a wide area. It is estimated that between 5 and 20 per cent of cluster bomblets fail to explode. They are then left behind, posing a threat to civilians similar to that of anti-personnel landmines.   The use of these weapons violates the prohibition of indiscriminate attack because of the wide area covered by the numerous bomblets released, and the danger posed to all who come into contact with the unexploded munitions. Twenty-five Azerbaijani civilians were killed in Armenia’s two separate missile attacks on Barda on October 27 and 28. Ninety-one Azerbaijani civilians have been killed in Armenia’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians since September 27th. (https://www.azernews.az/news.php?news_id=171756&cat=karabakh) 

During the 44-day war, there was a so-called police corridor along the front line from both the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides. But what was the major difference? The police corridor on the Azerbaijani side blocked the way for civilians, who were eager to fight, they were told that the Azerbaijani army had enough servicemen. On the other hand, the police corridor from the side of Armenia blocked the way for the soldiers, who, having thrown their weapons, fled from the battlefield. That was the difference. Azerbaijan civilian population was eager to fight, and the Armenian soldiers fled from the frontlines. The Armenian soldier knew that Karabakh was Azerbaijani land, so he did not want to fight and die for it. The Azerbaijani soldier liberated his lands. Both veterans of the first Karabakh war and young generation who had not yet reached military drafting age wanted to participate in the battles.  The war ended over a year ago, but the bodies of Armenian soldiers are still found in the mountains and forests.  The victory in this war was a triumph of the solidarity of the Azerbaijani people, the economic power of independent Azerbaijan, heroism, fearlessness, determination and courage of the sons of Azerbaijan. From now on, for centuries, the whole world will talk about the heroes and power of Azerbaijan.

[3] https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/10/30/armenia-cluster-munitions-kill-civilians-azerbaijan 

[4] https://www.hrw.org/about/people/belkis-wille  

[5] https://www.azernews.az/news.php?news_id=171858&cat=karabakh 

https://news.day.az/politics/1401932.html

https://news.day.az/politics/1399754.html

https://news.day.az/politics/1385289.html

https://news.day.az/politics/1383709.html

https://anews.az/az/ikinci-qaraba-muharibesinin-tehlili-ekspertler-danisir/

[6] Babak Mursal oglu Alakbarov was born on December 24th, 1987, in Jeyranbatan settlement, Absheron District. He finished secondary school in the same settlement. In 2003-2006, he studied at the Jamshid Nakhchivanski Military Lyceum. In 2006-2010, he studied at the Border Troops Faculty of the Heydar Aliyev Academy of the now-defunct National Security Ministry and completed his military education in the rank of a lieutenant and joined the military service in the Border Troops Rapid Reaction Forces.  Azerbaijani President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, and the chief of the State Border Service have awarded him numerous orders and medals. 

Source : https://report.az/en/karabakh/azerbaijani-border-service-colonel-divulges-details-of-the-khudafarin-operation/

https://report.az/en/karabakh/how-the-hero-of-the-patriotic-war-survived-ambush-of-armenians-interview/

[7] https://news.day.az/politics/1401941.html

[8] https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/karabakh/3319401.html 

https://www.diplomaticourier.com/posts/baku-a-city-of-contrasts-and-contradictions

Global communities understand well the role that culture, heritage and identity have to build peace and how each and all of these can bring positive influence around shared values and common interests.  The destruction of physical infrastructure, cultural heritage, buildings and artefacts, yields irreplaceable loss to humanity and cause actions that are impossible to overturn. Therefore, recently the Government of Azerbaijan launched the new international initiative #Peace4Culture Global Call, in partnership with UNAOC and ICESCO. (10 August, 2021) Azerbaijani Culture Minister Anar Karimov notes that holding ”Peace for Culture” global campaign is a historic moment. This campaign is going to be even more efficient in providing practical solutions and raising awareness. (https://bakuprocess.az/azerbaijan-has-launched-peace4culture-global-campaign-with-un-alliance-of-civilizations-and-icesco/) 

[9] https://www.azernews.az/nation/185092.html

[10] The Armenian armed forces occupied the Kalbajar region on April 2, 1993, as a result of which 53,340 people fled their homes, 55 servicemen and 511 civilians were killed, 321 were taken prisoner, and thousands were injured.  At the moment, restoration work is underway in Kalbajar, new infrastructure is being created, the area is being revived. More than 71,000 residents of Kalbajar are eagerly awaiting the day of their return.  

Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed the war after the latter started firing at Azerbaijani civilians and military positions starting on September 27th, 2020. The war ended on November 10th 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 centers, and the historic Shusha city. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the lands of Azerbaijan that Armenian Armed Forces had occupied and destroyed since the early 1990s.

https://www.azernews.az/nation/186056.html

[11] https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/erdogan-aliyev-inaugurate-fuzuli-international-airport-in-azerbaijan 

Aghdam, a thriving Caucasian trading hub in the X century, was destroyed by successive battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan; in 2020 was retrieved and came under control of Azerbaijan, after the second Nagorno-Karabakh war. Now reconnected with Azerbaijan, investment is once again flourishing into this region.  Aghdam city is being redeveloped from its tragic ruins, and an industrial park is being developed.  Five Azerbaijan’s businesses are already registered as the park’s residents.  Dadash-N LLC, will manufacture a variety of synthetic carpets as part of a project to be implemented in the Industrial Park, will build a factory on an area of two hectares. Within the project, the investment cost is 9.5 million manat (US$5.6 million) it plans to manufacture 700,000 square meters of carpets a year and provide 60 permanent jobs. According to Elshad Nuriyev: there are plans to invest 20-25 million manats in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam Industrial Park. In the medium and long term, the volume of investments is estimated at 100 million manats.  A total of five potential projects in the industrial park are being analyzed for the production of various types of synthetic carpets, uniforms, special and individual clothing, polymer products, light poles and special solar-powered roofing, precast concrete products. Mr. Nuriyev noted that within these projects there are planned to open more than 1,100 new jobs: “Now business plans are being considered, and after granting the status of a resident, entrepreneurs will be able to start working.”

Source: https://www.silkroadbriefing.com/news/2022/02/17/azerbaijan-develops-aghdam-industrial-park-first-investors-sign-up/

https://report.az/en/industry/azerbaijan-eyes-investing-100m-manats-in-aghdam-industrial-park/

[12] Mr. Aslan Aslanov is the Chairman of the Board of AZERTAC and Vice President of OANA

https://azertag.az/en/site/about

[13] https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/erdogan-visits-azerbaijans-liberated-shusha

[14] https://www.azernews.az/nation/179875.html 

[15] The International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF) has submitted a report on the crimes committed by the Armenian occupying forces against Azerbaijan.  The report is dedicated to the results of the escalation of the Armenian military forces on the frontline in Karabakh in September and October. The report was prepared by IEPF observation mission members, IEPF President Umud Mirzayev, Vice President Ramil Azizov, IEPF representative in US and International Relations expert Peter Tase, IEPF Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, UN Human Rights Committee, and Professor of Law Osman Al Hajj. (Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/1634823) 

On February 24, 2022, the Government of Azerbaijan has discovered a mass grave in Khojavand district. A mass grave has been found in the Edilli village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavand region. It was determined on the basis of statements and materials collected by the working group of the Azerbaijan State Commission. During the intensive works, the Commission also became aware of the mass graves in the vicinity of the liberated Aghdam, Fuzuli, Khojavand and Shusha cities. 

Source: https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/society/3560225.html 

[16] https://report.az/en/domestic-politics/how-many-mines-were-cleared-at-fuzuli-airport/ 

[17] https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/politics/3430592.html  

https://www.azernews.az/news.php?news_id=171871&cat=karabakh

https://ereforms.gov.az/en/rehberlik/vusal-gasimli

https://jamestown.org/analyst/vusal-gasimli/

Peter Tase

Peter Tase is a freelance writer and journalist of International Relations, Latin American and Southern Caucasus current affairs. He is the author of America's first book published on the historical and archeological treasures of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (Republic of Azerbaijan); has authored and published four books on the Foreign Policy and current economic – political events of the Government of Azerbaijan. Tase has written about International Relations for Eurasia Review Journal since June 2012.

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  • March 17, 2022 at 12:22 am
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    Azerbaijan propaganda! The world needs to step in on the Islamic dictatorship attacks on the peaceful Christian Armenians!

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