Erdogan: "With the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh, the doors of a new era opened in the Caucasus"
- 14 December 2020
"Turkey stood next to its Azerbaijani brothers at a historic turning point, as did the Caucasus Islamic Army under the command of Nuri Pasha a century ago," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, APA's local bureau reports.
Reciting a poem dedicated to the Caucasian Islamic Army by Ahmad Javad, the author of the Azerbaijani national anthem, Erdogan said he once again witnessed the love and respect for Turkey in Azerbaijan during his last visit to Baku.
At the Victory Parade on Freedom Square, we witnessed the reaffirmation of the late Heydar Aliyev's slogan "one nation, two states." We saw the Turkish and Azerbaijani flags waving in the streets of Baku, in our hands, in our cars, on our balconies, in our windows, and we joined our people in the joy of victory. We honored the memory of 2,783 servicemen of the Azerbaijani Army and 100 innocent martyrs killed in the Great Patriotic War. Thus, we have proved to the whole world that both the joys and sorrows of Turkey and Azerbaijan are equal.
The Turkish President said that with the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh, the doors of a new era were opened in the Caucasus: “Turkey-Azerbaijan has built an unshakable bridge from the past to the future. Our Azerbaijani brothers, with the support of our country, won a decisive struggle for 44 days. The 44-day victory, full of heroism at every moment, has great military, diplomatic and political implications. Karabakh is a symbol of the victory of truth over falsehood in resolving a frozen conflict.
Praise be to God from Lachin to Shusha, from Fizuli to Kalbajar, the Azerbaijani flag is waving. With the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh, the doors of a new era have opened in the Caucasus. Hopefully, the foundation of peace will be laid in Karabakh instead of conflict, cooperation instead of tension, and good neighborliness instead of hatred.