Azerbaijanis must return to their liberated lands - ISESCO's director general
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 11
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Mosques and religious centers of Azerbaijan were attacked in the Karabakh region, and despite taking the relevant decisions by international organizations, the opposing side ignored them, Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) Director General Salem Bin Mohammed Al Maliki said.
Maliki made the remark during an international conference on the theme ‘Problems of the Modern World: Incitement to Hatred, Terrorism, Extremism, Islamophobia and Armenia's Aggression against Azerbaijan’ organized by the Caucasian Moslems Office, Trend reports.
As he noted, the owners of the historical-cultural heritage must return to their lands.
"Azerbaijan is a safe and proud land between the West and the East. A number of Azerbaijan's initiatives have been approved by the world community. Peaceful coexistence in Azerbaijan will make a great contribution to the establishment of peace. I wish peace to the President and the people of Azerbaijan," said ISESCO Director General.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and President of the Russian Federation made a joint statement. A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict shall be introduced at 00:00 hours Moscow time on 10 November 2020.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. Currently, Azerbaijan continues the liberation of its territories from Armenian troops.
Back in July 2020, Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.
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, Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.