BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 22. We proved to the whole world that we are a great nation, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said, addressing the V Congress of World Azerbaijanis in Shusha city, Trend reports.
“The solution of the Karabakh conflict was a major task for me as President. Since day one of my presidency, the solution of this issue and the development of the post-conflict period in the interests of Azerbaijan have been my top priority. All resources have been mobilized. All of us – both Azerbaijani citizens living in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis living elsewhere in the world – were focused on achieving this goal. I said that every single one of us must work hard to bring this holy day closer every day. There was no more important and noble task than to work towards the liberation of our lands from occupation. This is why the army building process was carried out swiftly, this is why Azerbaijan has acquired a modern army, this is why the young generation was brought up in the spirit of patriotism, hatred of the enemy and loyalty to the Fatherland, and this is why economic reforms were carried out. At the heart of all our work, our policy and our steps was the desire to bring this holy day closer, to see this day. We have achieved this thanks to our own strength. Instead of 30 years of meaningless negotiations, the people of Azerbaijan demonstrated their strength, restored justice, restored international law and proved to the whole world that we are a great nation and that this people, the Azerbaijani people, never intended to come to terms with the occupation,” said the head of state.