25 years pass since Ar­me­nian invasion of Gubadli re­gion

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

TGubadli re­gion with an area of 802 square kilo­me­ters was oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nian troops on Au­gust 31, 1993. All 93 vil­lages of the re­gion and the city of Gubadli passed un­der the con­trol of the en­emy, more than 31,000 peo­ple of the pop­u­la­tion were ex­pelled from the ances­tral lands.

Af­ter the oc­cu­pa­tion of Lachin, Ag­dam, Fuzuli and Jabrayil re­gions, Gubadli has been un­der a siege.

Ar­me­ni­ans burned 96 vil­lages and set­tle­ments, 205 cul­tural and house­hold ob­jects, 12 his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments in Gubadli re­gion.

There were 21 sec­ondary schools, 15 pri­mary schools, 7 preschool ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, 4 hos­pi­tals and 33 health cen­ters and 111 cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments, in­clud­ing 60 li­braries, 10 cul­tural cen­ters and all of them were to­tally de­stroyed by the ag­gres­sor.

Ar­me­ni­ans also burnt the Gubadli His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, which con­tained over 5,000 very rare ex­hibits. Now un­der the oc­cu­pa­tion there are a sanc­tu­ary dat­ing back to the 4th cen­tury, Galali cas­tle mon­u­ment in Mu­rad­khanli vil­lage and Goy (Blue) cas­tle mon­u­ment in Aligu­lu­ushagi vil­lage (5th cen­tury), the bridges of Haji Bedel, Lalezar, tombs in Demirchiler vil­lage (14th cen­tury) and other his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments built in the 14th cen­tury.

Gubadli re­gion, si­t­u­ated be­tween Mount Zangazur and Nagorno Karabakh moun­tain range, is dis­tin­guished by its fa­vor­able ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion, unique pic­turesque land­scape, rocky and steep moun­tains, tur­bu­lent rivers Barkushad and Akara and at­tach­ing spe­cial col­or­ing.

Be­fore the invasion, about 13.2 acres of the state for­est fund ex­isted in the ter­ri­tory of Gubadli. Gubadli also had vast de­posits of agate, mar­ble, many springs rich with nat­u­ral min­er­als. Af­ter the oc­cu­pa­tion, in­vaders de­pleted the di­verse na­ture of Gubadli.

As many as 54 peo­ple were killed dur­ing the bat­tle for Gubadli, while 232 res­i­dents of the Gubadli re­gion were killed in the Karabakh war and 146 peo­ple be­came dis­abled.

To­day, as a re­sult of mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion, the ances­tral ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions at­tached to it are oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia.

As a re­sult of mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion by Ar­me­nia, more than 20 per­cent of the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan was oc­cu­pied, more than 20,000 peo­ple were killed, more than 50,000 peo­ple were wounded and maimed. More than 1 mil­lion peo­ple, vic­tims of the pol­icy of geno­cide and eth­nic cleans­ing car­ried out by Ar­me­nia against Azer­bai­jan, live in the sit­u­a­tion of refugees and IDPs, are de­prived of ba­sic hu­man rights.

So, Ar­me­nia grossly vi­o­lat­ing the pro­vi­sions of the Con­ven­tion for the Pro­tec­tion of Cul­tural Prop­erty in the Event of Armed Con­flict and the Con­ven­tion on the Means of Pro­hibit­ing and Pre­vent­ing the Il­licit Im­port, Ex­port and Trans­fer of Own­er­ship of Cul­tural Prop­erty, is en­gaged in loot­ing cul­tural prop­erty of Azer­bai­jan.

De­spite the de­mands ex­pressed in UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on the need to rec­og­nize the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of the Re­pub­lic of Azer­bai­jan and the re­lease of the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan with­out pre­con­di­tions, the Re­pub­lic of Ar­me­nia con­tin­ues to pur­sue its ag­gres­sive pol­icy.

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