Azerbaijani FM, OSCE official eye rehabilitation of liberated lands

Sabina Mammadli

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov and OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid met to discuss the reconstruction and reintegration of Azerbaijani lands liberated from Armenian occupation in the 2020 Second Karabakh war.

The meeting took place during Bayramov’s working visit to Turkey to attend the Antalya Diplomatic Forum.

The parties focused on various aspects of the agenda, cooperation between Azerbaijan and OSCE and recent regional developments.

Bayramov briefed the secretary general about Azerbaijan’s work to restore liberated lands, especially in the field of ecology and environmental protection.

The Minister also talked about the steps taken by Azerbaijan to implement the tripartite declaration signed between the Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders on November 10, 2020, following the second Karabakh war.

In addition, the parties examined the possibility of OSCE participation in post-conflict development and reintegration processes.

In addition to those mentioned above, Bayramov and Schmid talked about other regional and global issues of mutual concern.

Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed their second war on September 27, 2020, when Armenia started to open fire on Azerbaijani civilians and military positions. The war ended on November 10, when the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia signed a tripartite ceasefire agreement.

The Azerbaijani army declared victory over the Armenian forces. The agreement required Armenia to withdraw its troops from Azerbaijani territory that it had occupied since the early 1990s.

In the war started by Armenia, Azerbaijan’s Ganja, Berda, Yevlah, Beylagan, Tatar, Gabala, Goranboy, Aghjabadi, Khizi and other cities and regions quite far from the war zone came under the fire of missiles and artillery of Armenia.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch confirmed that Armenia used banned cluster munitions and missiles in its attacks on Azerbaijani cities.

As a result, 100 Azerbaijani civilians were killed, including 12 children and 27 women. 454 people, 35 of whom were children, were injured. One hundred and eighty-one children lost one parent, five children lost both parents, and one family died. In total, 12,292 residences and non-residential buildings and 288 vehicles were damaged.

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