The representatives of the diplomatic corps have visited the center of Gubadli city, APA reports.
Assistant to Azerbaijani President Hikmat Hajiyev noted that the region was so destroyed during the occupation that it is difficult to determine the location of its center. He said that residential buildings were destroyed, buildings used only by Armenia during the occupation for military purposes were built.
H. Hajiyev informed diplomats on the occupation history of Gubadli.
“The occupation of Gubadli and Zangilan took place in a very difficult condition. As Jabrayil and Fuzuli were occupied, the leaving of people living in these regions were difficult, they had been surrounded. Under such conditions, most of the civilian population were obliged to cross the Araz River through the humanitarian corridor created by Iran. Many of them lost their lives in Araz river. This was part of the policy of massacre committed by Armenia against the civilian population of Azerbaijan within the framework of the occupation process.
Then the Assistant to the First Vice President of Azerbaijan Elchin Amirbeyov spoke about his last visit to Gubadli as an employee of MFA in 1993. He noted that at that time majority of the population did not want to leave the region: “The region is located in a very strategic place, geographically. The region was one of the first regions to receive Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia in 1988.
The population defended the region, however, residents of the region, who were subjected to constant artillery fire from both Karabakh and Gafan city located in the territory of Armenia, were obliged to leave their homes to escape.”
He brought to attention that expert groups were in Gubadli, assessed the destructions committed here.
Noting the importance of Gubadli city for Azerbaijan in terms of historic and cultural point, H. Hajiyev said that there were numerous religious and cultural monuments in this city, but these monuments were destroyed: “I would like to speak especially about destroyed cemeteries. Along with houses and properties, we witness the targeted destruction of cemeteries. "