President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visit Fuzuli district and the city of Shusha

On August 29, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev viewed the completion of work at Ahmadbayli-Fuzuli-Shusha Victory road.

AZERTAC reports that the two and three lane road is 101km in length. Underpasses and bridges were built on the road.

On Augsut 29, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the construction progress at Fuzuli International Airport.

First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva shared video footages of Fuzuli International Airport. The post says: "Our next visit to the liberated territories. On the way to Shusha."

In the video footage taken in the car, President Ilham Aliyev says: "We are approaching Fuzuli International Airport. On the left is the airport terminal and the runway is in front of us. In a matter of a few months, the airport is almost ready to open. The construction of the airport began this year. I said that Fuzuli International Airport would be opened this year. Perhaps no airport in the world has been built at this rapid pace. The runway is ready. Final finishing work is currently under way here. I would like to note again that I laid the foundation of the airport this year, and now we are here to get acquainted with the progress of construction. This airport is the air gate of Karabakh."

On August 29, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of newly-reconstructed "Qarabag" hotel in the city of Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan.

The hotel, built in 1980, ceased operations in May 1992 as a result of the occupation of Shusha. After the liberation of Shusha from the Armenian occupation as a result of the glorious triumph of the victorious Azerbaijani Army, on President Ilham Aliyev's instructions the repair and reconstruction works started in the hotel.

The restoration works in an administrative building of the Special Representative Office in Shusha are underway. On August 29, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva familiarized themselves with the restoration works carried out in the administrative building.

On August 29, a bust to the great Azerbaijani poet Molla Panah Vagifwas unveiled in the city of Shusha.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.

On August 29, Museum Mausoleum Complex of the great Azerbaijani poet and public figure Molla Panah Vagif was opened in Shusha after repair and reconstruction work.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony, and viewed the work carried out here.

House-Museum of People's Artist Bulbul, who made a great contribution to the development of Azerbaijani music culture and played an important role in the formation and evolution of the professional vocal school, was opened in the city of Shusha after restoration on August 29.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony.

On August 29, a monument to the prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibayli was unveiled in the city of Shusha.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.

On August 29, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the works to be done at the house-museum of Uzeyir Hajibayli in the city of Shusha.The President and the First Lady were informed of the works to be done here.

On August 29, a foundation stone for Hotel and Conference Centerwas laid in Shusha.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

On August 29, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the master plan of the city of Shusha.

The President and the First Lady were informed of the master plan of the city. All the projects implemented in Shusha - cultural capital of Azerbaijan, will be based on the combination of history and modernity, and Shusha will soon become one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Along with the existing 36.2 km of roads of the city, it is also planned to build 17.6 km of new roads here.

The new residential area with a total area of 46,765 square meters in Shusha will feature 6 blocks that will house 2020 people. There will be 25 buildings in the residential area.

President Ilham Aliyev laid a foundation stone for the first block.

On August 30, The Vagif Poetry Days were organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the native city of the poet for the first time after the liberation of Shusha from occupation.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the official opening ceremony of the Vagif Poetry Days.

The head of state addressed the opening ceremony.

Speech of President Ilham Aliyev

- Dear ceremony participants,

First of all, I would request that we pay tribute to the memory of our martyrs who died heroically for the Motherland with a minute of silence.

May Allah rest the souls of all our martyrs in peace!

Dear friends, it is a very significant day in the life of our country today. We are celebrating the opening of the Vagif Poetry Days in front of the mausoleum of the great Azerbaijani poet, statesman and vizier of the Karabakh khan Molla Panah Vagif. I heartily congratulate you and all the people of Azerbaijan on this occasion.

Vagif's mausoleum, like all other historical sites in the occupied territories, was vandalized by the Armenians. The mausoleum has been fully restored and was opened for the second time yesterday.

As you know, the decision to erect the mausoleum of Molla Panah Vagif in Shusha was made by great leader Heydar Aliyev. On his initiative, the mausoleum was opened here on 14 January, in snowy and frosty weather. This was no ordinary event. Because Shusha was a part of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region at the time. As you know, the Armenians had claims to Shusha for many years, tried to portray Shusha as an Armenian city. However, there was no historical or cultural basis for that. We must also take into account that Molla Panah Vagif was not only a poet, but also a vizier of the Karabakh khan. During the Soviet era, Soviet ideology and the Soviet government's approach to history was such that khanates were described as a black spot in history. Despite all this, as a result of the resolve and determination of the great leader, this mausoleum was erected and Shusha was reaffirmed as an Azerbaijani city again.

Unfortunately, after the occupation of Shusha, all historical monuments and cultural sites, including the mausoleum of Vagif, were destroyed by the vandals. The occupation of Shusha was a great tragedy of our people. Because Shusha is the cradle of Azerbaijani culture. Shusha has a great symbolic meaning in the history of Azerbaijan. Shusha is the crown of Karabakh. After the occupation of Shusha, other districts and cities were occupied as well. Of course, the strategic importance of Shusha was lost for us, and the enemy took advantage of this and occupied Lachin a few days later - in May 1992. A year later, in April 1993, they occupied Kalbajar, thus establishing a geographical link between the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region and Armenia. Our defeat was inevitable, given that there was a period of chaos in Azerbaijan at that time. There was no regular army and there was civil confrontation.

The loss of Shusha led to the loss of other districts. However, we, the people of Azerbaijan, were never going to come to terms with this occupation. During the occupation, I repeatedly said that we would never come to terms with this situation, that we would liberate all the occupied lands, including Shusha, from the occupiers at any cost.

As you know, the process of negotiations lasted for about 30 years, but to no avail. The progress of events, the second Karabakh war and the actions of international forces show that this issue could never be resolved through negotiations. Because they wanted us, the Azerbaijanis, to come to terms with this situation. They tried to portray this situation, i.e. the frozen conflict, as a no-alternative option. We had a completely different opinion, and I never hid that. I said that if the issue was not resolved peacefully, we would restore our territorial integrity through war. All norms and principles of international law recognize this right. The UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and historical justice gave us this right. And we achieved this.

Shusha is an Azerbaijani city. The foundation of Shusha, as we all know, was laid by Panahali khan in 1752, and next year we will celebrate the 270th anniversary of Shusha. Despite the occupation, Shusha managed to preserve the Azerbaijani spirit. Everyone who comes to Shusha can see this. Even in a ruined state, even during the occupation when it was vandalized, Shusha was able to preserve its spirit, its stature. It did not bend, did not break, it waited for us. We had to come, and we did. We have come here as a victorious people. We did not come through negotiations, not as a result of any concessions made by Armenia, but by shedding blood, by giving martyrs, by showing self-sacrifice on the battlefield, by restoring our territorial integrity and by restoring our national dignity.

The 44-day patriotic war is part of our glorious history. This history will live forever. Because this victory is a unique victory in our history. The people of Azerbaijan deserved it, and we won the victory, drove the enemy out of our homeland, liberated our cities, liberated our native Shusha. Today, Shusha is being revitalized, and tangible steps are being taken to revive the city of Shusha. I first came to Shusha on 14 January this year, after the war. This date was not chosen by chance. Because 39 years ago, the mausoleum of Vagif was opened here with the participation of the great leader, and my arrival here specifically on 14 January had a great symbolic meaning. One of the first instructions during my first visit here was to restore Vagif's mausoleum, because the vandals had destroyed it. Vagif's bas-relief and the gravestone inside the mausoleum were removed. In other words, they committed vandalism inherent in them, as we have witnessed in all other liberated lands. The restoration of the mausoleum was undertaken by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and we are launching the Vagif Poetry Days in front of this mausoleum today. The Vagif Poetry Days have been restored, and so has the "Kharibulbul" music festival. In May of this year, we held this festival with great enthusiasm and restored this history.

During my first visit, all the necessary instructions on the restoration of Shusha were given. And a lot has been done in the seven months since January. Those who come to Shusha for the second or third time can see this. Yes, the city is still in ruins. No matter how hard the Armenians tried, they could not present Shusha as an Armenian city. If it were an Armenian city, then why is it in such a state, why was it destroyed, why wasn't a single building constructed here? Except for the new villas of three or four Armenian officials, no new buildings have been constructed here. All the old buildings have been destroyed, all historic sites have been destroyed.

The restoration of Shusha began on 14 January, and great work was done in a short time. First of all, the road was paved. We saw on 14 January what condition Victory Road was in. It took us about two and a half to three hours to get here from Fuzuli. It was snowing, there was no road, there was a trail, with ice and mud on the surface. An asphalt road has been built now, and this is Victory Road. A highway is also being built. A highway with tunnels is being built from Fuzuli, and there will be a shorter road. Shusha's electricity infrastructure has been restored, high-voltage lines have been extended from Fuzuli, and a substation has been built. In other words, one of the main priorities was to supply Shusha with electricity. When the enemy was leaving Shusha, they blew up Shusha's water lines. We have restored water supply to Shusha. Water comes to Shusha from two sources now. The restoration of historical sites in Shusha has started. Vagif's mausoleum has already been restored. The bust of Vagif, which was destroyed by Armenians, has been restored, and it was unveiled again in a ceremony yesterday. Three mosques are being repaired. The renovation of the Yukhari Govharagha Mosque is nearing completion. Instructions have been given to repair the Saatli and Ashaghi Govharagha mosques. The repair of these mosques has been undertaken by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation too. The Natavan spring has been restored and now abounds in water. The Armenians also dried up 17 of the 17 springs here. If it were an Armenian city, why did they dry up these springs? Then Kharibulbul Hotel was opened, received its first visitors in May-June, and other steps were taken.

The busts of our geniuses Natavan, Uzeyir Hajibeyli and Bulbul, which were shot at by the Armenians, have been brought and placed in the central square by me personally. Yesterday saw the start of another stage in the revitalization of Shusha. As I mentioned, Vagif's mausoleum and Vagif's bust were reopened, the statue of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, which was destroyed by the contemptible enemy, was erected again. An order has been given to restore Uzeyir Hajibeyli's destroyed house. Yesterday, Polad Bulbuloglu and his son, Bulbul's grandson, celebrated the opening of Bulbul's house. Polad has restored his father's house, and a beautiful museum has been created there. Karabakh Hotel reopened its doors to visitors after major overhaul yesterday. We saw what Karabakh Hotel was like during the occupation. Only two floors of it were working. There was no water or electricity. It was in a state of disrepair. This footage is available. It has also been restored, and I think that the most important of these measures is the laying of the foundation stone of a new residential complex.

The new hotel will be five-star. There will be 150 rooms in it. At present, there are 150 rooms in Karabakh and Kharibulbul hotels in Shusha - a total of 300 rooms. There will be a large conference hall and venues for events. The location of the five-star hotel was also chosen by me. The hated enemy was building the so-called parliament of the self-styled "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic" there. This was intended to annoy us. There is no concept of a "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic". The foundation of that building had already been laid and stonework had already been completed. By my order, this devil's lair was destroyed.

The five-star hotel will be built in a beautiful location. The most important event was the laying of the foundation stone of the new residential complex yesterday. This residential complex will be built on the basis of the master plan of Shusha. The master plan of Shusha has been approved and is a very detailed and well-developed plan. At the first stage, the plan is to build 25 residential buildings here - three, four and five-storey residential buildings, so that citizens can begin to return to Shusha.

These comprehensive measures show that the revival of Shusha is progressing rapidly and the people of Shusha are returning to Shusha. Groups of people are coming to visit their hometown. At the same time, natives of Shusha are provided with jobs at the facilities that have already been opened here. So we will revive Shusha.

Dear friends, about 40 years ago my father was standing here, while I was standing over there. We were gathered for the opening of Vagif's mausoleum in frosty and snowy weather. Then, on 29 July 1982, I came to Shusha for the second time with my father. At that time, the Vagif Poetry Days were held. Today we are celebrating the opening of Vagif's mausoleum for the second time. My father was 59 years old when the Vagif Poetry Days were held. I am 59 years old now. Some may think that this is a coincidence. But I think that there is a great symbolic meaning in that. History repeats itself. The black page of Azerbaijan's history is behind us and we are able to breathe again.

During the occupation, many of us - both former IDPs and the entire Azerbaijani people, including myself - repeatedly thought that there is no justice in the world. Because if there was justice, we would not be in this situation. I was of the same opinion. But life has shown that there is justice, you just have to be patient, you have to be patient, you have to believe in justice and you have to work to achieve justice, you have to move towards the goal. Self-sacrifice is needed to restore justice. Today we can all say openly and deep inside that that yes, there is justice, justice has been restored, we are in Shusha today, and from now on we will live in Shusha forever.

While giving the good news of Shusha to the people of Azerbaijan on 8 November, I said that Shusha is already free, this is the truth. We are gathered in a free Shusha. I said that we have returned to Shusha. This is also true. Festivals, poetry days, cultural and many other events are already being held and will continue to be held. I said that we would revive Shusha. This is happening, because we are reviving Shusha.

Long live Shusha! Long live Karabakh! Long live Azerbaijan!

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Then, chairman of Azerbaijan Writers' Union, People's Writer Anar Rzayev, People's Poet Nariman Hasanzadeh, secretary of Azerbaijan Writers' Union, writer, publicist Ilgar Fehmi, People's Writer Elchin Efendiyev, members of Azerbaijan Writers' Union, poetess Gunel Shamilgizi and poet Shehriyar Del Gerani made speeches.

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On August 30, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the "Karabakh is a pearl of Azerbaijani culture" and "Again in the native land: Pearls of Karabakh art" exhibitions organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation as part of the Vagif Poetry Days held in Shusha.

AZERTAC reports that first, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva familiarized themselves with "Karabakh is a pearl of Azerbaijani culture" exhibition in the Shusha Art Gallery.

The exhibition, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, features works by Boyukagha Mirzazade, Toghrul Narimanbayov, Maral Rahmanzade, Nadir Abdurrahmanov, Mikayil Abdullayev, Ujal Hagverdiyev, Museyib Amirov and other prominent Azerbaijani artists. The exhibition also features must-see places of Karabakh, its writers, carpets, horses, mugam and victories in the Patriotic War.

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Then, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed "Again in the native land: Pearls of Karabakh art" exhibition in the Shusha Carpet Gallery which was restored and repaired by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

Organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and presented by the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, the exhibition features fleecy and pileless carpets, carpet products, national embroidery and clothing sets, and examples of metal work art. It also includes carpet samples from the collection of the National Museum of History of Azerbaijan.

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The "Memory. Photographic history" exhibition was also organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Shusha as part of the Vagif Poetry Days. The photo exhibition highlights Azerbaijan's ancient history, rich culture, beautiful nature and traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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