World values Azerbaijan's experience in preventing humanitarian catastrophe
More than a million Azerbaijanis have been suffering from military aggression and occupation policy of Armenia for over 20 years, Azerbaijan's First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva said at the ceremony to lay foundation stone for a residential complex for IDP families. This complex has become a contribution of the private sector to the noble cause of resettlement of refugees. "This is very good initiative that alongside the state, businessmen and entrepreneurs are also ready to support this issue," the First Vice President said. She invited other companies working in Azerbaijan to support the initiative. "It is a continuation of the traditions of charity that is characteristic of the Azerbaijani people, and at the same time, the Azerbaijani people's solidarity, the strength and development of the Azerbaijani state," the First Vice President said.
The measures implemented in this direction have become one of the main directions of Azerbaijan's state policy. The state program to improve the living conditions of Azerbaijanis expelled from their native lands was adopted in 2004, additions to this program were approved in 2007 and 2011, that in total, over six billion manats have been allocated for the implementation of activities carried out in this direction. The people living in tent camps, families of refugees and IDPs were resettled in about 100 newly-constructed, modern residential settlements built for them. In general, this means improving the living conditions of nearly 50,000 families, over 250,000 people.
Over the past 13 years, more than 400,000 refugees and IDPs have been provided with new jobs. The construction of new schools and kindergartens is continuing in each settlement. Refugees and IDPs receiving education in higher and secondary special educational institutions on a paid basis are exempted from tuition fees. Azerbaijan's experience in both liquidation of the tent camps and prevention of humanitarian catastrophe is a unique experience and is highly-assessed by international organizations.
Mehriban Aliyeva expressed confidence that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved soon and people will return to their native lands. The First Vice President promised that the Azerbaijani government will build all the necessary infrastructure on the lands liberated from the occupation and restore Azerbaijani cities.