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After 30 years, Azerbaijan regains control of the Karabakh border with Iran

The latest advances of the Azerbaijani army in Karabakh have managed to regain control over its entire border with Iran.

The Azerbaijani army managed to take full control of the border between the Karabakh region and neighbouring Iran on Thursday after it remained under Armenian control for almost 30 years, and controls practically all of southern Karabakh, the Azeri president Ilham Aliyev announced on Thursday, welcoming a victory that he considered benefits the people of Azerbaijan and Iran alike.

The Azerbaijani army would also have managed to liberate a town and 20 villages from the Armenian occupation in the last hours, Aliyev said, adding that since the resumption of the conflict at the end of September, three urban centers, two towns and 112 villages have been recovered by the armed forces of Azerbaijan after almost three decades of Armenian occupation.

Yesterday, Azerbaijani Vice President Hikmet Hajiyev accused Armenia of recruiting members of the PKK terrorist organisation to fight the Azerbaijani army in Karabakh, while rejecting the Armenian side’s accusations of using fighters brought from Syria. “First, we do not need them, we have a very professional army. We also have enough reserves of troops,” he said.

Hajiyev, however, did ensure that Armenia was recruiting fighters from various countries – especially from Syria, Lebanon, the United States, Canada and France – to fight at the front with the Azerbaijani army, and asked all countries with citizens of Armenians origins who have been sent to the front in Karabakh to denounce the indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population in Azerbaijan.

Turkey is not involved in the conflict in Karabakh

Precisely in the last hours a SCUD missile would have hit in the vicinity of the city of Gabala, damaging 5 homes and wounding a 17-year-old civilian; the Baku government also accuses Armenia of violating international law by using bomb-laden civilian aircrafts for military purposes. “We are also concerned about the involvement of the PKK terrorist group in the war,” Hajiyev said, criticising Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for rejecting a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

On relations with Turkey, Hajiyev underlined that both countries have close historical ties of friendship and that Turkey’s support is limited to “diplomatic and moral support” and it is “within international law.” Although there is a mutual defence cooperation agreement between the two countries, Hajiyev insisted that Ankara is not involved in the conflict in Karabakh and that Azerbaijan has not made any request for help from Turkey in this regard.