IDPs’ re­turn to Jo­jug Mar­janli con­tin­ues

Azer News - - Nation - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The re­turn of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons to the lib­er­ated Jo­jug Mar­janli vil­lage of Azer­bai­jan’s Jabrayil re­gion con­tin­ues, Chair­man of Azer­bai­jan’s State Com­mit­tee for Refugees and IDPs Rovshan Rza­yev said on June 11.

He made the re­marks at a meet­ing with Ru­pert Ain­ley, head of the Eastern Europe and Cen­tral Asia Direc­torate of the Bri­tish For­eign Min­istry.

Rza­yev in­formed Ain­ley in de­tail about the work car­ried out in solv­ing the so­cial prob­lems and im­prov­ing the liv­ing con­di­tions of more than one mil­lion IDPs of Azer­bai­jan, who were ex­pelled from their na­tive lands as a re­sult of the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion.

The State Com­mit­tee chair­man noted that Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Il­ham Aliyev has taken sig­nif­i­cant steps to ad­dress the so­cial prob­lems and im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of refugees and IDPs. He added that the First Vice-Pres­i­dent Mehriban Aliyeva also car­ries out con­sis­tent and pur­pose­ful ac­tiv­i­ties in this di­rec­tion, as a re­sult of which about 300,000 refugees were pro­vided with new apart­ments.

Rza­yev also said that the IDPs from the Jo­jug Mar­janli vil­lage, who were tem­po­rar­ily set­tled in dif­fer­ent re­gions of Azer­bai­jan, have be­gun to re­turn to their homes. In the first stage, 50 houses were built in the vil­lage, and in the sec­ond stage, in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons were re­set­tled in 50 of the 100 houses built.

Ain­ley, in turn, said that the United King­dom at­taches great im­por­tance to strength­en­ing strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion with Azer­bai­jan and noted that the UK is in­ter­ested in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects re­lated to IDPs in Azer­bai­jan.

The sides also dis­cussed is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est dur­ing the meet­ing.

Jo­jug Mar­janli was lib­er­ated by the Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces from the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion in April 2016. In late Jan­uary 2017, Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev or­dered to re­store the vil­lage.

Dur­ing the first phase of restora­tion, 50 pri­vate houses, a school, mosque, elec­tric sub­sta­tion, hy­drom­e­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sta­tion, high­way and other rel­e­vant in­fra­struc­ture were con­structed in Jo­jug Mar­janli. The vil­lage was pro­vided with gas, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter sup­ply. Dur­ing the sec­ond phase of con­struc­tion and restora­tion work and work on im­prove­ment and cre­ation in Jo­jug Mar­janli, new houses are built and in­fra­struc­ture is en­hanced.

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

Thanks to the mea­sures taken over the past 13 years, the level of poverty among IDPs in Azer­bai­jan de­creased from 75 to 12 per­cent.

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