As Azerbaijan ‘s president declared on Thursday, the Azerbaijani army liberated 20 more villages and a settlement from the Armenian occupation.
“The glorious army of Azerbaijan liberated the villages of Mollaveli, Yuxari Refiddinli and Ashagi Refiddinli in the district of Fuzuli, and the villages of Sirik, Shikhlar, Mestelibeyli and Derzili in the district of Jabrayil. Long live the Army of Azerbaijan! Azerbaijan is Karabakh! “On Twitter, Ilham Aliyev said.
Aliyev said in another Twitter post that the army had also liberated the villages of Kollugishlag, Malatkeshin, Kend Zengilan, Genlik, Veligulubeyli, Garadere, Chopedere, Tatar, Tiri, Emirkhanli, Gargulu, Bartaz, Dellekli, and Agbend.
“The border of the state between Azerbaijan and Iran was completely secured by the liberation of the Agbend settlement,” he said.
Upper Karabakh conflict
Since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Upper Karabakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, relations between the ex-Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been tense.
On Sept. 27, fresh clashes erupted, and since then, the Armenian army has escalated its attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani troops, violating even humanitarian cease-fire agreements.
Four resolutions by the UN Security Council and two by the UN General Assembly and international organizations call for the “immediate, full and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces” from the territory of Azerbaijan.
In total, for almost three decades, about 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven neighboring regions, has been under the illegal occupation of Armenia.