On August 31, 2018, an event was held in connection with the 25th anniversary of the occupation of Gubadli region as a result of the Armenian military aggression. The event was attended by the head of the Executive Power of Gubadli region Malik Isagov, MP ImamverdiIsmayilov, representatives of the public, departments, enterprises and organizations of the region, guests from other institutions of the republic. After laying a wreath at the monument in the Alley of Martyrs in Sumgayit, the participants visited the graves in the alley.
Speaking at the event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the occupation of Gubadli region, Mr. Malik Isagov, Head of the Executive Power of Gubadli region, noted that today marks the 25th anniversary of the occupation of Gubadli. All the property of our region, which has a rich history, was looted by the Armenian occupiers, 1 city and 93 villages were completely destroyed. There are 33 secondary, 16 eight-year, 12 primary, 1 full-time school, 1 technical vocational school, 5 out-of-school institutions, 4 hospitals, 33 health care institutions, 111 cultural and educational institutions, 125 trade, 96 public catering, 25 household services in the district. There were 11 communication enterprises, 48 agricultural enterprises, 4 factories and 2 factories. Although the territory of Gubadli has not been studied enough from the archeological point of view, at that time there were about 50 monuments protected here only through the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In the center of the district there was a local history museum with interesting exhibits.
After the occupation, all the property of the region was looted by Armenians, houses and public buildings were burned, the survivors were demolished and transported to Armenia. Cemeteries, historical and cultural monuments were destroyed. In total, billions of dollars were lost to the region. 238 Gubadli residents were killed, about 200 were seriously injured, more than 411 residents were disabled, more than 115 people were missing and taken hostage in the fight against the enemy. 11 people were awarded the title of National Hero. Currently, more than 37,800 people in Gubadli live as IDPs in 41 regions of the country. The absolute majority of our population lives in Sumgayit. Regardless of where they live, the problems and difficulties of the region's population are in the focus of local executive bodies. This is a manifestation of the proper implementation of the policy founded by our great leader and successfully continued and developed today by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. IlhamAliyev.The head of the district executive power noted that for 25 years the longing for land has not left our population for a single moment. Our state and government have taken comprehensive measures to improve the living conditions and employment of IDPs. Our people, who are grateful for all this attention and care, live with the desire to return to their homeland. The people of the region have always been loyal to the Azerbaijani state and are convinced that the day when we will return to our native Gubadli under the leadership of President IlhamAliyev is not far off. The President noted that the army's combat capability, morale and patriotism are very high. Today, the process of building the Azerbaijani Armed Forces continues, and our army is experiencing a period of development and improvement. The four-day battle in April 2016 proved once again the strength of the Azerbaijani army, which was able not only to protect the territorial integrity of our country from the hated enemy, but also to liberate our occupied territories in a very short time. In particular, it was noted that the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Mr. IlhamAliyev, awarded the military rank of National Hero of the Republic of Azerbaijan to HamidovShukurNarimanoglu and BarkhudarovMaisShukuroglu, who distinguished themselves in the April battles. The head of the Executive Power said that the high honorary title and military rank of both our compatriots after the April battles caused great joy to the residents of the region.
In addition, as a result of the counter-offensive operation of the Special General Army in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic from May 20 to 27, 2018, Gunnut village of Sharur region, "Agbulag" height, Gizilgaya, Garagaya mountain were liberated from occupation. The village of Arpa in the Daralayaz district came under the control of the Azerbaijani army. As a result of the fighting, a total of 11,000 hectares were liberated. The head of the Executive Power added that in the near future, thanks to the successful political activity of our President, our lands will be liberated from occupation and our tricolor flag will be hoisted in Karabakh.
Other speakers at the event noted that the tolerance and loyalty of the people of Gubadli, who have been living as IDPs for 25 years, is an example. Despite all the difficulties, the population of the region took an active part in the construction work in Azerbaijan during this period.
He expressed regret that the international forces did not put enough pressure on the aggressive policy and expressed confidence that we would return to our native lands under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev.