Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
A medal awarding ceremony for the families and relatives of servicemen killed during the combat duty was held in the training center of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Defense, Lieutenant-General Kerim Veliyev, representative of Ministry of Defense, Colonel Abdulla Gurbani, military officers and relatives of killed servicemen attended the ceremony.
Before the ceremony, the participants revered the memory of the killed servicemen by a minute of silence.
Then Colonel Abdulla Gurbani spoke about the short, but the glorious way of Azerbaijani military officers Fikret Mammadov, Ilgar Verdiyev, Elnur Jafarov and Jeyhun Orujaliyev who were posthumously awarded in accordance with the decree of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
During the ceremony, Lieutenant-General Kerim Veliyev on behalf of Defense Minister has expressed condolences to the parents of killed servicemen.
The deputy minister stressed that those who became martyrs for the Motherland will not be forgotten and will live forever in the memory of people.
"Every Azerbaijani citizen can be sure that the blood of our servicemen who have become martyrs, will not remain unavenged," he added. "The Azerbaijani army is able to liberate the occupied lands upon the Supreme Commander's order."
After Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev's decree, Defense Minister and Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov's order were read and martyrs' families were awarded with combat medals.
The medal "For heroism", which was posthumously awarded to Fikret Mammadov, was presented to his wife, the medal "For Service in Battle", which was posthumously awarded to Ilgar Verdiyev - to his son, the medal "For Service in Battle", which was posthumously awarded to Elnur Jafarov - to his brother, the medal "For Service in Battle", which was posthumously awarded to Jeyhun Orujaliyev, was presented to his father.
Martyr Ilgar Verdiyev's father Tapdig Verdiyev and martyr Jeyhun Orujaliyev's father Pireli Orujaliyev stressed that their sons were killed in battle, fighting for their Motherland, and they are proud of them.
Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.
Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2. Azerbaijan managed to locate the group and the sabotage attempt was prevented.
During the recent days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 13 servicemen have been killed, several more were wounded. Armenian side suffered more losses while trying to hide this fact from the public.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.