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Introducing Azerbaijan Republic

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    The Republic of Azerbaijan – borders the Caspian Sea in the East, and is an independent and democratic state in the Southern Caucasus.

    In 1918-1920 the Azerbaijan National Republic was established as the first democratic republic in the Islamic World. The territory of Azerbaijan Republic was 114 000 sq. km. In December 1920, after the occupation by Soviet Russia, the Zangezur region was taken from Azerbaijan and attached to Armenia.

    At present, Azerbaijan’s territory is 86,600 square kilometers, and its population is 8,2 million. The capital is Baku.

    Azerbaijan was occupied by Soviet Russia on April 28, 1920 and proclaimed its independence again on October 18, 1991.

    At present the Nagorno-Karabakh territory of Azerbaijan and the adjoining 7 administrative districts are under the occupation of the Armenian Republic.

    The Azerbaijani territories occupied in 1988-1993:

    The Nagorno-Karabakh: occupied in 1988-1993, territory – 4400 square kilometers (Shusha, Khankendi, Khojali, Askeran, Khojavend, Agdere, Hadrut);

    Lachin: occupied on May 18, 1992, territory – 1875 sq km.;

    Kelbadjar: occupied on April 2, 1993, territory – 1936 sq km.;

    Agdam: occupied on July 23, 1993, territory – 1154 sq km.;

    Jabrail: occupied on August 23, 1993, territory – 1050 sq km.;

    Fuzuli: occupied on August 23, 1993, territory – 1112 sq km.;

    Gubadli: occupied on August 31, 1993, territory – 826 sq km.;

    Zengilan: occupied on October 30, 1993, territory – 707 sq km.

    As a result of the aggression of the Republic of Armenia, 20 percent of the territory of Azerbaijan has been occupied; over 20,000 people have been killed, and over 50 000 people disabled. Over 10 years, about million of people have been living as refugees and displaced persons. They became the victims of ethnic cleansing, the policy of genocide of Armenia, and deprivation of elementary human rights.

    As a result of the aggression, over 900 settlements have been plundered, burned and destroyed, 6000 industrial, agricultural and other enterprises destroyed and plundered, 150 000 residential buildings with over 9,000,000 square meters of living space, 4366 facilities for social and cultural purposes have been ruined, and 695 medical centers and institutions had the same lot. The total damage of the economy of Azerbaijan was US$ 60 billion.

    927 libraries, 464 historical monuments and museums, over 100 archeological monuments, 6 state theatres and concert studios have been destroyed and plundered in the occupied Azerbaijani territories. Over 40 000 precious articles and exhibits have been robbed from these museums. After the capture of Kelbadjar the rare gold and silver articles, old handmade carpets of its museum have been taken to Armenia. The historical museum in Shusha, the museum of bread in Agdam, the museum of Rock Monuments in Zengilan shared the same fate. It’s impossible to identify and to asses the value of the stolen and destroyed historical-cultural heritage. In other words, Armenia grossly violated the provisions of the Hague convention “On the protection of cultural monuments during military conflicts” and those of the Paris Convention “On the illegal circulation of cultural monuments” and is engaged in plundering of the cultural monuments of Azerbaijan.

    In direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874, 884 adopted in 1993 obliging Armenia to recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and to liberate the occupied territories without any condition, Armenia is still pursuing a policy of occupation.
     
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