Statement by Hikmat Hajiyev, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 100th anniversary of liberation of Baku from armenian dashnak-bolshevik occupation
September 15, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Baku's liberation from the armenian dashnak-bolshevik forces by the Islamic Army of the Caucasus. In connection with the centenary of this remarkable historic event, in Baku with the participation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev and the President of the Republic of Turkey H.E.Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan ceremonial events and parade of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey will take place.
Despite the difficulties of World War I, the brotherly Turkish people supported the newly established Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in the liberation of the capital Baku and other cities and districts.
Under the occupation of the armenian dashnak- bolshevik forces, merciless massacres against the civilian population in Baku and surrounding areas were committed, including the “March Massacres” in March 1918.
With the liberation of Baku, the transfer of the capital of the newly established Azerbaijan Democratic Republic from Ganja to Baku, the restoration of the territorial integrity of ADR and the security of the civilian population living in Baku and surrounding areas were provided.
However, Armenia fails to learn lessons from the events of 1918-1920s and has resumed its revisionist, destructive and aggressive policy since the end of the last century. Nowadays, this policy of Armenia still goes on. As in 1918-1920s, Armenia resulting from its destructive policy, territorial claims and unleashed war against the neighboring states remains in self-isolation.
Guided by the national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev's "One Nation, Two States" maxim, the exemplary partnership between Azerbaijan and Turkey on the basis of bonds of brotherhood continues to grow day by day and serves for the sustainable development, prosperity, peace and stability in the region and beyond.
On this meaningful historic day we pay tribute to the memory of the Azerbaijani and brotherly Turkish soldiers and officers and martyrs who in the ranks of the Islamic Army of Caucasus bravely and shoulder to shoulder fought to liberate the capital Baku and other regions of our country from the occupation and wish them God's Mercy! Allah rəhmət eləsin!