Türkiye's National Defense Minister congratulates Azerbaijani counterpart

Politics Materials 21 September 2023 12:42 (UTC +04:00)
Türkiye's National Defense Minister congratulates Azerbaijani counterpart
Farid Zohrabov
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 21. The Minister of National Defense of Türkiye Yasar Guler called his Azerbaijani counterpart, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, Trend reports via the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan.

Guler congratulated the Azerbaijan Defense Minister on the successful completion of anti-terror measures and noted that Türkiye, as always, stands by Azerbaijan.

Besides, the Turkish minister expressed deep condolences to the families of the military servicemen who became martyrs and wished a speedy recovery to all the injured persons.

Hasanov spoke about the military success achieved in all directions in a short period of time during local anti-terror measures carried out in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

He emphasized that the heroism, bravery, and professionalism of Azerbaijani servicemen demonstrated during the anti-terror measures are highly appreciated by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Ilham Aliyev.

During the telephone conversation, a detailed exchange of views on a number of other issues of mutual interest took place.

In order to ensure the provisions of the Trilateral Statement [signed by Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian leaders following the 2020 second Karabakh war], to stop large-scale provocations in the Karabakh economic region, to disarm and withdraw formations of the Armenian armed forces from the territories of Azerbaijan, to neutralize their military infrastructure, to ensure the safety of the peaceful population returning to the territories liberated from occupation, civil servants involved in construction and reconstruction works, and Azerbaijan's military personnel, as well as to restore the constitutional order of the Republic of Azerbaijan, anti-terrorist measures have been conducted in the region.

Civilians and infrastructure objects weren't targets during localized anti-terrorist measures carried out in Azerbaijan's Karabakh region.

Only military targets belonging to illegal armed formations of the separatist regime were put out of action with the use of high-precision weapons available in the arsenal of the Azerbaijani Army.

Taking into account the appeal of the representatives of the Armenian residents of Karabakh, received through the Russian peacekeeping contingent [temporarily stationed in Azerbaijan under the trilateral statement], an agreement was reached on the suspension of anti-terrorist activities of local nature on September 20, 2023, at 13:00 (GMT+4) under the following conditions:

The Armenian armed forces formations and Armenian illegal armed formations located in Azerbaijan's Karabakh region shall lay down their weapons, leave their combat positions and military posts, and fully disarm. The units of the armed forces of Armenia shall leave the territory of Azerbaijan, and the Armenian illegal armed formations shall be disbanded.

In parallel, all weapons and heavy equipment are surrendered.

The implementation of the above-mentioned processes is ensured in coordination with the Russian peacekeeping contingent.