Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar: 24 years under Armenian occupation
24 years have passed since the occupation of the Azerbaijani district of Kalbajar by Armenian armed forces, APA reports.
Kalbajar was occupied after the long battles on April 2, 1993.
Kalbajar, an area of 1,936 square kilometers located outside Nagorno-Karabakh, was the scene of the torture of innocent people by the Armenian invaders.
As a result of the incident, as many as 511 civilians were killed, 321 went missing or were captured, and 58,000 residents of Kalbajar were expelled from their native lands.
Moreover, Armenian armed forces seized 130 settlements, destroyed 97 schools, 9 kindergartens, 116 libraries, 43 clubs, 42 cultural houses, 9 hospitals and 13,000 private houses and plundered over 37,000 hectares of forest land, natural resources, including gold deposits. The occupation has cost Kalbajar over 700 billion rubles (prices of that period).
The Armenians also destroyed an Albanian temple in the Vang village, an Albanian church in Cherekdar, Lok fortress in Ganlikend, Ulukhan fortress in Garajanli, an Albanian church on Tartar River, the fortresses of Galabonu, Jomerd, Keshikchi, several mosques in the town of Kalbajar and Otaqli, Bashlibel villages, Taglidash Bridge over the Tartar River, a museum of history and ethnography, the Ashig Shamshir Cultural House, and the Sayyid Asadullah shrine in the Soyudly summer field of the Kalbajar district.
Following the occupation of Kalbajar, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 822, demanding an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces from the district and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Armenia has not fulfilled the resolution.
Furthermore, in contradiction with the UN and OSCE principles, the Armenians have started a purposeful settlement of people in Kalbajar since 1999.