City of Aghdam was called “Hiroshima of the Caucasus” - Azerbaijani president
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 15
The city of Aghdam was called the “Hiroshima of the Caucasus”, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said addressing the session of the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of the Independent States held in the format of a video conference, Trend reports.
“The main problems Azerbaijan is facing now are related to the clearance of the liberated territories of mines and the restoration of destroyed infrastructure, buildings, houses, and historical sites of the Azerbaijani people. Since the war ended, more than 150 Azerbaijani citizens have been killed or seriously injured by landmines. Armenia refuses to provide us with complete maps of the minefields. The few such maps that have been given to Azerbaijan have an accuracy of about 25 percent. Almost all buildings and historical sites in the liberated territories have been destroyed over almost 30 years of occupation. Of the 67 mosques in the liberated territories, 65 have been completely destroyed. The remaining two, both in run-down condition, were used by the occupiers to keep pigs and cows, thus deliberately insulting the feelings of Muslims. In the city of Fuzuli and all villages of the Fuzuli district, 100 percent of buildings and houses have been destroyed. The same holds true for the city of Aghdam and Aghdam district. The city of Aghdam was called the “Hiroshima of the Caucasus”. In the Jabrayil district, only two buildings remained standing, and those were used by servicemen of the Armenian armed forces. The situation is not dissimilar in Zangilan, Gubadli, Lachin, and Kalbajar districts. In the city of Shusha, Armenia has destroyed 16 out of 17 mosques that existed there before the occupation. One mosque was left to demonstrate “tolerance”, and there was an attempt to portray it as Persian with complicity from so-called specialists from Iran. Houses and public buildings were taken down brick by brick and sold to Armenia and Iran. This is the legacy of Armenian vandalism perpetrated in the territories of Azerbaijan. Also, immense damage has been caused to nature. About 60,000 hectares of forests have been cut down, sawn, and sold to Armenia and Iran. Illegal exploitation was carried out of Azerbaijan’s gold deposits and other natural resources. With the participation of a European company, the transboundary Okhchuchay River was systematically polluted, which led to an environmental disaster already confirmed by reputable international experts. Such is the real picture in the liberated territories, and this has been observed by thousands of politicians, diplomats, and journalists from many countries who have visited the liberated territories in less than one year, including representatives of the CIS countries,” the head of state said.