Azerbaijan’s victory in the Second Karabakh War is a source of pride for all Turkic Council Member States, Turkic Council Secretary General Baghdad Amreyev told Trend News Agency on Sunday.
Amreyev noted that thanks to the important successes, chiefly the liberation of Azerbaijani territories from occupation and the restoration of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the solidarity of member states has intensified.
“During the 44-day patriotic war, on behalf of all the member states, the Turkic Council supported the just cause of Azerbaijan by all means; and its victorious result constituted a source of pride for all our states.”
Relations between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tense since 1991 when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
During a subsequent 44-day conflict which ended under a deal signed Nov. 10, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages from Armenian nearly three-decade occupation.
The cease-fire is seen as a victory for Azerbaijan and a defeat for Armenia, whose armed forces withdrew in line with the agreement.
Amreyev also pointed that the upcoming November summit in Istanbul will be “historic” as Turkic Council leaders will hold a meeting during which a number of vital decisions for the future of Organization and the entire Turkic world will be taken.
Amreyev concluded by relaying his wish for peace, unity and solidarity as member states celebrate October 3rd, which marks the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Nakhchivan Agreement that institutionalized the cooperation among Turkic States.
The historic event that empowered the centuries-old fraternal ties to develop into a concrete partnership is celebrated each year as the “Cooperation Day of Turkic-speaking states.”