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Azerbaijan to annually mark Remembrance, Victory Days after war in Nagorno-Karabakh

02 December 2020 [15:29] - TODAY.AZ
By Azernews

By Vafa Ismayilova

Under President Ilham Aliyev's decrees, Azerbaijan will mark September 27 as Remembrance Day and November 10 as Victory Day.

 President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on December 2 establishing the Victory Day. In accordance with the order, Victory Day will be solemnly celebrated in Azerbaijan on November 10 every year, Azertag reported.

Under another decree by the president, "September 27 will be annually marked in Azerbaijan as Remembrance Day".

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed after Armenia launched large-scale attacks on Azerbaijani forces and civilians on September 27. Five Azerbaijani civilians were killed in the first day of the Armenian attacks. Over 90 Azerbaijani civilians were killed in Armenian's indiscriminate attacks on Azerbaijani civilians. Azerbaijan launched counter-offensive operations that ended in the liberation of over 300 settlements, villages. Azerbaijan also liberated five city centres and the historic Shusha city that was liberated on November 8.  

The 44 days of war ended with the Russian brokered peace deal signed on November 10 by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders. Under the peace agreement Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions were vacated by December 1. The agreement also envisages the return of Azerbaijani IDPs to Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven adjacent regions under the control of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The peace agreement ended the 30-years-old conflict between Baku and Yerevan over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region that along with the seven adjacent districts came under the occupation of Armenian armed forces in the war in the early 1990s. For about three decades, Armenia failed to implement the UN Security Council resolutions demanding the withdrawal of the Armenian troops, which was the main obstacle to the resolution of the conflict. 


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