Aghdam district of Azerbaijan de-occupied

Aghdam district of Azerbaijan de-occupied

The units of the Azerbaijani army entered the Aghdam district today, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry's press service reported.

"According to a trilateral statement signed by the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Russia, the units of the Azerbaijani army entered the Aghdam district on November 20," the statement reads.

The ministry added that photo and video footage from Aghdam district will be presented during the day.

Aghdam district is being transferred to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces today through the participation of the Russian peacekeeping forces.

Starting from November 20, Aghdam district will be under Azerbaijan’s control.

The Armenian Armed Forces occupied most of the territory of Aghdam district on July 23, 1993.

As a result of the military aggression that lasted until May 12, 1994, the Armenians managed to occupy 846.7 square kilometers of the territory of Aghdam district, that is, 77.4 percent of the total area.

Some 5,897 people became martyrs, 3,531 people became disabled, 1,871 children lost parents in the bloody battles for Aghdam district for more than five years. More than 126,000 residents of Aghdam district were forced to leave their houses.

There are many architectural and cultural monuments with ancient history in Aghdam district. There are the mausoleum of the 19th century, the Khanoglu mausoleum, the Panakh khan mausoleum, the Panakh-khan mansion, two chest-like monuments, the 15th century Sardaba and Hatem Malik fortress, the Juma mosque and the Shahbulag mosque in Aghdam district.

Yesterday, chairman of the Azerbaijani Community of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region Tural Ganjaliyev posted the first video from the occupied region. "The armed forces of Azerbaijan entered Aghdam after 28 years of occupation. The first video of the historic Juma mosque, the famous symbol of the city," he wrote on Twitter.

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1. Later, Baku gave Yerevan postponement for troops withdrawal from Kelbajar until November 25.