President Ilham Aliyev: We could not even imagine the scope of devastation and destruction
- 23 February 2021
"The peace which our region was waiting for so many years have come and the peace must be long-lasting. I am sure that in the activity of the center you will also concentrate on these opportunities, on opportunities of post-war development, post conflict situation. Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is over," President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has said as he received in a video format co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Ismail Serageldin, APA reports.
"It is already part of the history and now we need to concentrate on the issues which are in front of us. First of all, of course, reconstruction, rehabilitation of the territories. Everything is devastated. We could not even imagine the scope of devastation and destruction. There is no single building in Aghdam, in Fuzuli. In other liberated territories, villages, cities. Everything is destroyed, historical monuments. So, a lot is to be done in order to re-build. But we are committed to do it. We have a strong will to do it, we have opportunities to do it, and of course, we want international community to know the reality now more than before. Because now when foreign diplomats, international media representatives are visiting the liberated territories, I think they really see what their occupation created for our historical monuments, for our cultural monuments. So, those who occupied our territories destroyed everything. So, I hope that during the next events after the pandemic, there will be opportunity for the members of the center to visit some of the liberated territories and maybe to organize some events there. But this is of course, part of our future cooperation and discussions. Once again, I would like to express gratitude for your support during and after the war, and very glad to see you again," said Azerbaijani President.