"The large-scale development work has immediately begun in our liberated territories to ensure a voluntary, secure and dignified return of our fellow citizens expelled from their homes. As we speak, the entire infrastructure destroyed during occupation is being rebuilt, and cities and villages are constructed in Karabakh and East Zangezur, declared green energy zone. Some of our completed work is evident; you have witnessed it firsthand during your visit to Azerbaijan," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his address to the participants of the International Conference “Mine Action – The Path to Reaching Sustainable Development Goals”, APA reports.
"Regrettably, Armenia continued to plant mines across Azerbaijan’s territory after the conflict ended, using the Lachin road. Over 2700 anti-personnel mines produced in Armenia in 2021 were discovered in our territories.
Along with delaying the restoration and reconstruction work carried out there, a mass mine contamination of our lands gravely jeopardizes the lives and well-being of our people. It impedes realizing the rights of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons who have longed to return to their homes for so many years," President noted in his adress.