Lib­er­ated Jo­jug Mar­janli cel­e­brates New Year

Azer News - - Front Page - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

The Azer­bai­jani vil­lage of Jo­jug Mar­janli hap­pily met the New Year. Un­be­liev­ably warm sun rays shin­ing be­hind the mag­nif­i­cent moun­tains on cold win­ter day brought a fes­tive mood to res­i­dents of the vil­lage who could re­turn their home­land only a cou­ple of years ago.

The re­turn of the res­i­dents of Jo­jug Mar­janli to their home­town af­ter a 24-year-long refugee and IDP life recorded a heroic chron­i­cle. Jo­jug Mar­janli in­stils hope and faith in the soon lib­er­a­tion of other oc­cu­pied territories and the be­gin­ning of the Great Re­turn. By the way, that's ex­actly how the park in Jo­jug Mar­janli is called “The re­turn”, where vil­lagers rest and ar­range hol­i­days.

An­other at­trac­tion of the vil­lage is the mosque, which is an ana­logue of the Shusha mosque. And the slo­gan at the en­trance to the vil­lage reads “From Jo­jug Mar­janli to Shusha” and fully re­flects the mood of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple, who are ready to con­tinue to lib­er­ate its lands from Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion.

Hav­ing ar­rived in the vil­lage, the first thing that caught the eye was the white doves on the roof of one of the lo­cal houses. Birds sym­bol­ized the at­mos­phere of peace that reigns in the vil­lage lib­er­ated from Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion through heavy bat­tles.

One of the lo­cal res­i­dents, the Agh­sakkal of Avchy, told Day.Az that he was happy to re­turn to his na­tive vil­lage af­ter many years of life as a dis­placed per­son, the life that no one would happy with. For him, this is a re­ward for pa­tience.

“I am grate­ful to Mr. Pres­i­dent and Azer­bai­jani army for this great re­turn,” said the old vil­lager. "And I am al­ways glad to all those who come to our vil­lage."

De­spite the fact that Jo­jug Mar­janly is on the front line, the faith in the strong army helps peo­ple not to be afraid, but be proud of it.

Life here is no dif­fer­ent from the ev­ery­day life of other vil­lages in the coun­try - ev­ery­one is busy, chil­dren ride bi­cy­cles, go to school, adults breed cat­tle and cul­ti­vate the land. All of them have dreams and are happy to live their life on the na­tive land.

It might ap­pear that these peo­ple are just like oth­ers in Azer­bai­jani regions, how­ever the per­cep­tion of the land here is a bit dif­fer­ent - hav­ing passed through tri­als and suf­fer­ings, they are full of af­fec­tion and love for the Moth­er­land. For more than 25 years, refugees have been forced to live with long­ing in hearts, their only hope was to see their lands lib­er­ated from oc­cu­pa­tion again.

The Azer­bai­jani peo­ple are im­pa­tiently wait­ing for re­lease of Ar­me­nian-oc­cu­pied lands, they want peace and har­mony to reign in the en­tire ter­ri­tory of the coun­try. Peace or force? The Nagorno-Karabakh war, that took lives of more than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis and forced over 1 mil­lion peo­ple to leave their na­tive lands, can­not find its so­lu­tion for over 20 years.

The bloody war, which flared up in the late 1980s due to Ar­me­nia’s ter­ri­to­rial claims against neigh­bor­ing Azer­bai­jan, led to oc­cu­pa­tion of 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing regions by Ar­me­nian armed forces.

Un­til now, Ar­me­nia con­trols fifth part of Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­tory and re­jects im­ple­ment­ing four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil resolutions on with­drawal of its armed forces from NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing regions.

Azer­bai­jan has many times de­clared its readi­ness to be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ar­me­nia to free the cap­tives and re­solve the long-stand­ing Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict. How­ever, the Ar­me­nian side keeps ig­nor­ing all at­tempts of Azer­bai­jan and world or­ga­ni­za­tions, thereby dis­re­spect­ing the in­ter­na­tional law and hin­der­ing the set­tle­ment of the con­flict.

Azer­bai­jan which al­ready waited long for peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the prob­lem had to take de­ci­sive steps and move its army fur­ther in April 2016.

One of the most tragic con­flicts in the his­tory of the 20th cen­tury that af­fected the destiny of mil­lions ag­gra­vated on April 2, 2016 again af­ter the Ar­me­nian mil­i­tary units in the oc­cu­pied lands started shelling Azer­bai­jan’s po­si­tions.

To pro­tect civil­ian pop­u­la­tion, the Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces launched counter at­tacks and as a re­sult, the Azer­bai­jani troops re­took hills around the vil­lage of Tal­ish, as well as Sey­su­lan set­tle­ment, and also took over Leletepe hill lo­cated in the di­rec­tion of Fizuli re­gion.

Leletepe is an im­por­tant strate­gic point, which al­lows to se­cure the nearby Azer­bai­jani set­tle­ments from en­emy fire and con­trol the po­si­tions of the Ar­me­nian Armed Forces on the other side of the con­tact line.

To­day the Jo­jug Mar­janli vil­lage of Jabrayil re­gion is un­der the full con­trol of the Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces.

The lib­er­a­tion of Leletepe hill by the Azer­bai­jani troops al­lowed the res­i­dents of the lib­er­ated vil­lage of Jo­jug Mar­janly of the Jabrayil re­gion to re­turn to their na­tive lands and live a nor­mal life with­out fear of the en­emy's bul­lets. And this year they have al­ready met 2019 there.

In late Jan­uary 2017, Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev is­sued an or­der to re­store the vil­lage. In a short time, Jo­jug Mar­janly turned into a mod­ern and com­fort­able set­tle­ment. To­day there are 150 houses, as well as kinder­gartens, a school, a first-aid post, mosques, per­ma­nent wa­ter sup­ply, elec­tric­ity, nat­u­ral gas, and as­phalt.

To­day, thanks to the state at­ten­tion and care, life in Jo­jug Mar­janly con­tin­ues in a nor­mal way. Hav­ing re­turned to their homes, the res­i­dents of Jo­jug Mar­janly be­gan a new life in com­fort­able apart­ments. Var­i­ous projects are be­ing im­ple­mented in the vil­lage aimed at pro­vid­ing employment for res­i­dents and im­prov­ing their so­cial wel­fare.

Il­ham Aghalar, a mil­i­tary ex­pert, a veteran of the Karabakh war in an in­ter­view with noted that Jo­jug Mar­janly vil­lage be­came a sym­bol of lib­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jani lands from in­vaders.

The most sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in the April 2016 bat­tles, Aghalar said, was the re­lease of Leletepe heights, as a re­sult of which Jo­jug Mar­janly got free from con­trol ful­filled from the Ar­me­nian po­si­tions, af­ter which the vil­lage was re­stored and peo­ple re­turned to their an­ces­tors' land.

He stressed that the April bat­tles again proved that Azer­bai­ja­nis did not ac­cept the fact of oc­cu­pa­tion and would never ac­cept it.

"At any time we are ready to lib­er­ate our lands by armed means, and the April bat­tles con­firmed our com­bat readi­ness. Of course, we are sup­port­ers of this con­flict be­ing re­solved peace­fully but are ready to solve it other­wise by mil­i­tary ac­tions. We will re­store the in­tegrity of the ter­ri­tory of our coun­try, raise the flag of Azer­bai­jan in each of our re­gion," said the mil­i­tary ex­pert.

The mil­i­tary ex­pert noted that the sooner the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons re­turn to their lands, the bet­ter. Be­cause the pres­ence in the coun­try of such a large num­ber of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons cre­ates not only so­cial prob­lems but also leaves moral and psy­cho­log­i­cal in­jury to peo­ple and af­fects fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The re­turn of even one vil­lage is con­sid­ered a great suc­cess.

"It changes not only peo­ple's way of life, but also their out­look and shows to the whole world that we are ready to re­turn to our lands, de­spite ev­ery­thing is de­stroyed there. We are ready to re­store ev­ery­thing, to build again, we are ready to re­turn and we will be back," con­cluded the Karabakh war veteran.

Due to the eth­nic cleans­ing pol­icy car­ried out by Ar­me­nia and the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion of NagornoKarabakh and seven sur­round­ing regions of Azer­bai­jan, 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple are obliged to live a refugee and IDP life in Azer­bai­jan. 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.

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