The damage to Azerbaijan as a result of the Armenian - Azerbaijani conflict

  25 May 2015    Read: 4818
The damage to Azerbaijan as a result of the Armenian - Azerbaijani conflict
20% territory of Azerbaijan has been occupied as a result of the military aggression of the Republic of Armenia.

The occupied territories of Azerbaijan are:

Nagorno-Karabakh: invasion date- 1988-1992 years, territory – 4400 km2 - Khankendi, Khojali, Asgeran, Khojavend, Aghdere, (Shusha May 8, 1992, territory — 289 sq. km,) - Adminstrative division of the regions has been changed.

Lachin: invasion date — May 18, 1992 territory— 1840 sq. km

Kalbajar: April 2, 1993, territory – 3054

Aghdam: July 23,1993 territory - 1150

Jabrayil: August 23, 1993 territory - 1050

Fuzuli: August23, 1993 territory - 1390

Qubadli: August 31,1993 territory - 802

Zangilan: October 29, 1993 territory - 707 sq. km

One village of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, thirteen villages of Tartar region and six villages of Gazakh region are still under the Armenian occupation (All of them are the Azerbaijan Republic territories.).

As a result of agression more than 20 thousand people were killed, more than 50 thousand were wounded and became invalid. More than one million people living as refugees and IDPs (internally displaced persons) for nearly 20 years have become victoms of ethnic cleansing and genocide,policy of Armenia against the Azerbaijanis and have been deprived of elementary human rights.

In general, as a result of the occupation 890 cities, villages and settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding territories have been invaded by Armenians. 102 thousand dwelling houses, 7000 public buildings have been destroyed, 693 secondary schools, 695 health care facilities, 800 km length motor road, 160 bridges, 2300 km water-line, 15,000 km power line, 250,000 ha forest, 200,000 ha sowing area, 464 historical monuments and museums have been invaded and destroyed. There were more than 310 industrial and building enterprises in the occupied territories. 4 airports, Baku-Aghdam and Horadiz-Ordubad railway lines, Baku-Stepanakert-Nakhichevan gas-pipe, etc. have remained in the territories occupied. According to preliminary calculation, the damage to Azerbaijan as a result of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno - Karabakh has been estimated at $60.1billion.

In addition all mercury, obsidian and perlite reserves, 35-60% of the construction – facing-stone materials , 23, 8% of the forest fund and 7.8% of the water resources, etc. fall to the share of occupied territories. Also 3 reserves and game reserves, 3 big water reserviors are situated in this area. 20 percent of the country`s officially recognized territory has been invaded through aggresion by the Armenian armed forces and they have brutally destroyed and ruinated our national cultural monuments there.. Famous Azikh and Taghlar caves considering to be primitive men’s settlements and Qarakopek, Uzerliktepe mounds in the occupied territories are being destroyed deliberately for military purpose.. Along with the mounds in the regions of Khojaly, Aghdam, Agdere Fizuli, Jabrayil, the cemetries, temples, gravestones, mosques, mausoleums, monuments belonging to Caucasian Albania and other national monuments in the occupied Shusha, Lachin, Kelbejer, Qubadly, Zengilan regions are being destroyed.

Vandal invaders have destroyed Ashagi and Yukh Govheraga, Kocherli, Mardinli, Jume mosques, memorial houses of great composer and musician Uzeyir Hajibeyov and the founder of professional vocal art Bulbul, Khurshud Banu Natavan’s palace complex, Firudin bey Kocherli’s and the Zohrabbeyovs’ estates, poet, artist scientist Mir Movsun Nevvab’s house in the territory of Shusha historical - architectural reserve, as a whole the most dwelling-houses, ancient cemetry in this territory, the tomb to great Azerbaijan poet and Karabakh khan’s vezir M.P Vagif, Panah khan’s mansion, Jume mosque in Aghdam, Hamza Sultan and Soltan Ahmed Palaces, mosques, sanctuaries, temples, stone statues, ancient graves, mounds, historical monuments and buildings in Lachin and carried transportable material-cultural monuments to Armenia. Devastation process against our material-cultural monuments in the occupied territories is being keept on today by the Armenian invaders. Armenian invaders are carring on a wide range of unprofessional archaeological excavations destroying and plundering mounds, taking ill-gotten findings with them to Armenia. 13 world importance (6 architectural,7 archaeological), 292 national importance (119 architectural, and 173 archaeological) and 330 local importance (270 architectural and 22 archaeological, 23 gardens, parks, monumental and memorial monuments, 15 decorative art examples) historical and cultural monuments have remained in ancient Azerbaijani territories Nagorno-Karabakh and 13 adjacent regions occupied by Armenians terrorists.

927 libraries, 464 historical monuments and museums, 6 state theaters and concert studios were destroyed in the territories seized during the military occupation. More than. So that, after being razed to the ground Kalbajar historical museum exposition of the rare gold and silver jewelery, carpets woven in the last centuries were carried to Armenia.. Historical Museum in Shusha, Agdam Bread Museum, the Museum of Stone Monuments in Zengilan had the same fate. It is imposible to identify and state the value of the stolen and plundered historical-cultural riches.. In short, the Republic of Armenia is keeping on plundering cultural riches of Azerbaijan, violating the Hague Convention on “ The protection of cultural values during armed conflicts" and Paris Convention on "Illegal trafficking of cultural riches”.

Source: Yagub Mahmudov, Karim Shukurov: Garabagh - Real history, facts, documents, Baku – 2005

T.Hasanov,”Serious social-economical results of Armenian occupation in the territory of Azerbaijan”, Baku, 2004

Ministry of Culture

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