Of­fi­cial: Azer­bai­ja­nis want to live in lib­er­ated Jo­jug Mar­janli vil­lage

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

As many as 250 peo­ple have al­ready ap­plied for liv­ing in the re­stored Jo­jug Mar­janli vil­lage al­though only 50 houses have been built there so far, Azer­bai­jan’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Chair­man of the State Com­mit­tee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov said on June 20.

He made the re­marks at the event to mark the World Refugee Day in Baku.

“The ap­pli­ca­tions come from dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try. Peo­ple want to live in Jo­jug Mar­janli,” Hasanov noted. The vil­lage was lib­er­ated by the Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces from the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion in April 2016.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter also ac­cused some Mus­lim coun­tries of pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to Ar­me­nia: “To­day, Ar­me­ni­ans keep pigs in the Shusha mosque, and other states help Ar­me­ni­ans. Is this the Is­lamic sol­i­dar­ity?”

Hasanov noted that nowa­days some terms are be­ing used in­cor­rectly. “There are prob­lems in the terms of ‘refugee’, ‘IDP’ and ‘mi­grant’. I think there is also a le­gal void in the term of ‘in­de­pen­dent change of place of res­i­dence’,” he said.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter also re­called that de­spite the ex­is­tence of the In­ter­na­tional Refugee Con­ven­tion, there is no such a Con­ven­tion on IDPs.

“For this rea­son, the rights of dis­placed per­sons are not reg­u­lated by any in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ment. Th­ese voids are cre­ated in­ten­tion­ally,” Hasanov said. “Why does not the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment ad­dress the pro­tec­tion of the rights of refugees and IDPs in Azer­bai­jan?”

He noted that Azer­bai­jan highly re­spects ev­ery­body, there­fore Azer­bai­jan should also be treated with re­spect.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter also stressed that last year's April fights showed once again that the Azer­bai­jani army is able to lib­er­ate all the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.

While ad­dress­ing the event, Hasanov noted that pre­dom­i­nant coun­tries with a large ter­ri­tory and pop­u­la­tion are fight­ing for new ge­o­graph­i­cal space, con­trol of new re­gions and nat­u­ral re­sources in the new ter­ri­to­ries. “Coun­tries with small ter­ri­tory and pop­u­la­tion are suffering from this strug­gle,” he said.

Hasanov said that over the past 30 years the num­ber of refugees and IDPs world­wide has dou­bled, and the num­ber of con­flict zones has tripled.

Hasanov noted with re­gret that Azer­bai­jan cel­e­brates the World Refugee Day for the 16th year.

“We would like to cel­e­brate the day when the refugees re­turn to their homes. How­ever, global de­vel­op­ments show that the sit­u­a­tion be­comes more se­vere, be­cause to­day the num­ber of refugees, IDPs and mi­grants world­wide reaches 65 mil­lion peo­ple,” he said.

Hasanov added that one out of ev­ery 134 peo­ple liv­ing in the world is a refugee. “This is a ter­ri­ble fig­ure, es­pe­cially given the fact that the num­ber of refugees has sud­denly in­creased over the past six years.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Azer­bai­jan Fu­rio De An­ge­lis also ad­dressed the event. He re­called that Azer­bai­jan is one of the coun­tries with the big­gest num­ber of IDPs.

He noted that Azer­bai­jan has done a lot and con­tin­ues to do for the ci­ti­zens who be­came IDPs as a re­sult of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

“Azer­bai­jan un­der­went the tragedy of war due to this con­flict. Azer­bai­jan suf­fered hu­man losses and faced eco­nomic de­pri­va­tion, how­ever, de­spite this, it man­aged to cope with the prob­lems and turn into a mod­ern coun­try,” said the UN of­fi­cial.

He also said that the mea­sures taken by the Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment to ac­com­mo­date IDPs are wor­thy of ap­proval and should be wel­comed.

Refugees shouldn’t be left with­out at­ten­tion, said Fu­rio De An­ge­lis, adding that the UNHCR Of­fice hopes that in­ter­na­tional donors will pay more at­ten­tion to refugee prob­lems.

He also ex­pressed gratitude to the Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment for the as­sis­tance in solv­ing prob­lems of asy­lum seek­ers from other coun­tries.

Due to the eth­nic cleans­ing pol­icy car­ried out by Ar­me­nia and the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion of NagornoKarabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions of Azer­bai­jan, the num­ber of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons in Azer­bai­jan hit more than 1.2 mil­lion. With a pop­u­la­tion of over 9.8 mil­lion, Azer­bai­jan is among the coun­tries car­ry­ing the high­est IDP caseload in the world in per capita terms.

With the grow­ing eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try, Azer­bai­jan pays much at­ten­tion to the most dif­fi­cult prob­lems once con­cern­ing the refugees and IDPs. The state im­proves the liv­ing con­di­tions of refugees and IDPs and it has adopted rel­e­vant state pro­grams and leg­isla­tive acts.

To­day, the level of poverty among IDPs has de­creased from 75 to 12 per­cent in Azer­bai­jan as a re­sult of the mea­sures taken by the gov­ern­ment over the past 13 years.

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