10 November 2021
The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Pretoria, on 8th November celebrated the anniversary of the historic Victory Day, ending the war in the country’s Karabakh region.
On this day 8th November, the Azerbaijani forces liberated the strategic Shusha city in the Karabakh region from a decades-long Armenian occupation. The city’s salvation was seen as the pinnacle of the Azerbaijani army’s weeks-long counter-attack operations, codenamed “Iron Fist.”
“Dear Shusha, you are free! Dear Shusha, we are back! Dear Shusha, we will reinvigorate you!” said President Ilham Aliyev on November 8, 2020, referring to the liberation of the Shusha city by Azerbaijani army.
On December 3, 2020, President Ilham Aliyev signed an order establishing November 8 as “Victory Day” in Azerbaijan.
The president had earlier declared Nov. 10 the Victory Day, when Armenia admitted defeat and put an end to the six-week-long fighting in the Karabakh region. However, President Aliyev switched the day to Nov. 8, when Shusha was liberated, since Turkey’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s death anniversary falls on Nov. 10.
Shusha, Azerbaijan’s cultural and historical capital, was liberated after 28 years thanks to the army, mainly special forces teams, as heavy weapons and ammunition could not enter the city due to its geographical and natural features.
Azerbaijani forces entered Shusha, surrounded by a mountainous terrain and located on the top of a rock, with light weapons only, and destroyed the Armenian army in a close battle.
Armenian leadership had no choice but to accept Azerbaijan’s terms and withdraw from the occupied lands in the following days.
The strategic city had been occupied by Armenian forces since May 8, 1992.
Shusha, the beating heart of Karabakh, was founded by Karabakh Khan Penahali in 1752, and has produced many distinguished scientists, intellectuals and cultural icons. The city is home to numerous historical monuments.
Celebrating Victory Day “Victory Day is our holiday” The holiday of Victory, courage, justice and the holiday of national pride. Said Head of Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Charge d’affaires Mr. Yamin Jafarov at the Reception which was held in line with Covid Protocol.
Turkish Ambassador to South Africa, Her Excellency Ms Ayşegül Kandaş attended the Reception and in her remarks Ambassador
Ayşegül Kandaş congratulated Azerbaijan and expressed her best wishes. Ambassador Ayşegül Kandaş Said “Turkey stood by Azerbaijan and supported Azerbaijani in their struggle to protect their territorial integrity,”
The Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA wished the Government and the People of Azerbaijan continued peace, unity and economic growth and prosperity.
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