Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 15
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey and Azerbaijan are bound by a common history, Turkish Ambassador in Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coskun said Sept. 15.
He made the remarks at an event at the Turkish Embassy dedicated to the 96th anniversary of Baku's liberation by the Caucasian Islamic Army from the Armenian-Bolshevik occupation.
The ambassador said the history shows that Azerbaijan and Turkey have always supported each other in the most difficult times.
He said the fact that many Turkish soldiers perished during the liberation of Azerbaijan and Baku from the Armenian-Bolshevik occupation, indicates the fraternal relations between the peoples of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
"Many Turkish soldiers were killed in the liberation of Baku from the Armenian-Bolshevik occupation, just like Azerbaijani soldiers at the Battle of Canakkale," Coskun said.
Military actions broke out on Sept. 15, 1918 between the Caucasian Islamic Army on one side, and the armed units of the Baku Commune (later Central Caspian Dictatorship) and the Dashnak militants on the other side.
During the fighting, the Caucasian Islamic Army led by Nuri Pasha defeated the armed forces of the Baku Commune and the Armenian militants, and then took part in liberation of Baku from the British troops.
Liberation of Baku from the Armenian-Bolshevik occupation is one of the glorious pages in Azerbaijan's history of the 20th century.
Some 1,130 soldiers of the Caucasian Islamic Army were killed in the battles for the liberation of Baku.
Turkish soldiers were buried in the cities of Baku, Shaki, Shamakhi, Goychay, Kurdamir, Neftchala. Monuments were erected in these cities in their honor.
Edited by CN