Our military must always be strong in Karabakh and East Zangazur, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at a solemn ceremony to hand over the battle flag to the commando military unit as part of his visit to Kalbajar district, Report informs, citing AZERTAC.

“We have liberated Kalbajar without a single shot being fired, we have returned our homeland, and construction work is underway in Kalbajar now. I have come to Kalbajar for the second time, and there are many events today. Kalbajar’s infrastructure, electricity supply, water supply, construction of houses – all this is already starting. Of course, we first had to build military roads, and we did that. The opening of this military unit today shows again that we will achieve what we want – the restoration of Karabakh and East Zangazur. This process has already begun. First of all, our military must always be strong in this region – in Karabakh and East Zangazur. Therefore, today’s ceremony has a special meaning, a symbolic meaning.

“Today, we are celebrating Army Day in Kalbajar, which we lost in April 1993. I must also say that during the occupation, different options were discussed – the mediators offered us different options. In all these options, the issue of returning Kalbajar to Azerbaijan was on the agenda as a separate topic. I have always said that we should regain all our lands. We cannot be content with five districts. We must have Kalbajar, Lachin, Shusha, and other districts, this is our historical land, the land of our ancestors, and we have achieved this. Celebrating this military holiday in Kalbajar gives us additional pleasure and fills our hearts with even greater pride.