By | Rachel Brooks
November 8, 2020
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The city of Shusha, considered by Azerbaijani to be the cradle of their culture, has been met with great celebration. The liberation of Shusha is a strategic turning point in the war for the Nagorno-Karabakh. Commentators look toward this event with hope, as the future of Azerbaijan blossoms from the reconstruction of Shusha.
From the civilian to the presidential cabinet, Azerbaijan sings with the liberation of Shusha.
“I am fortunate to have fulfilled a father’s will. We liberated Shusha! This is a great victory! Today may the soul of the National Leader and our martyrs be praised! I felicitate you, Azerbaijan!” tweeted Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
“It’s no coincidence that the announcement of Shusha’s liberation is made here, at the Alley of Martyrs. We are liberating our lands from occupiers through the sacrifices by our people, soldiers and officers. Today, I bow once again before the souls of our martyrs.”
Aliyev’s announcement was also echoed by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.
#Moscow, the Azerbaijanis celebrate the liberation of #Shusha🇦🇿 from #ArmenianOccupation! #Armenia must understand that nothing can break the determination and resilience of the brave people of #Azerbaijan and should admit the defeat!#StopArmenianAggression pic.twitter.com/7LDsOVsKFM
— Ali Alizada 🇦🇿 (@Ali_F_Alizada) November 8, 2020
Veterans of the Second World War were also seen celebrating the victory, walking the streets of Azerbaijan’s city waving the republic’s flag.
Happiest veteran of the 2nd World War, Today 94 years old Aga Baba İsgandarov is on the streets of Baku to celebrate the victory of Azerbaijan, holding his hands a photo of himself with medals in the city liberated today,our beloved,anicient city #Shusha #KarabakhisAzerbaijan🇦🇿 pic.twitter.com/qu83pI8k2B
— 🇦🇿𝓢𝓪𝓶𝔁𝓪𝓵 𝓐𝓵𝓲𝔂𝓮𝓿 🇦🇿 (@_samxal_) November 8, 2020
Giant Azerbaijani flags were marched through the streets, as the revival of the people’s spirit came with the announcement. Karabakh Daily celebrated the turn of events for all races, religions, and ethnicities.
#Azerbaijan is a synonym of diversity. It is home for people who differ in religion, race & ethnicity. One aspect that unites them all is ❤️ for Azerbaijan🙏🏻 Today all compatriots are celebrating the liberation of the cultural capital, the city of #Shusha! #KarabakhisAzerbaijan pic.twitter.com/pvsXheBsCX
— Karabakh Daily (@KarabakhDailyN) November 8, 2020
Presiding over the celebration of the liberation of Shusha was the story of Albert Agarunov. Agarunov was one of the final defenders of Shusha during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 1988-1994. Armenia occupied Shusha on May 9, 1992. Agarunov defended the stronghold to the end, a fact that swelled in the spirit of the Azerbaijani people as the city was delivered. The people felt his spirit in every celebration. As the Azerbaijani and Turkish flags had risen in the Shusha castle, Agarunov’s soul was felt.
We are hanging Turkish and Azeri flags in SHUSHA castle 🕊
We are at home🇦🇿
And as always our best supporter Turkey is next to us🇹🇷 We strong together🇦🇿 pic.twitter.com/bQ4gZWMmts
— Ravana Gozalova (@RGozalova) November 8, 2020
Flags were hung in the Christian churches of Shusha, as Azerbaijani of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish heritage were brought back to the cultural cradle of Shusha.
#Russian #Orthodox #Church in #Baku, #Azerbaijan celebrating liberation of #Shusha, crown jewel of #Azerbaijan’s #Karabakh region, from #Armenia’s 28-year-long occupation. Azerbaijan is home to 500,000 #Christians who peacefully coexist with their #Muslim brothers & sisters pic.twitter.com/uEzdkBMhqU
— Nasimi Aghayev 🇦🇿 (@NasimiAghayev) November 8, 2020
That diversity was expressed in the crowd as an African man was seen taking photos and shouting along with the victory celebration. Many others were draped in the flag, taking photos of the beloved city, as marching bands came to play.
The future of Azerbaijan appears secure, as with the taking of Shusha, Armenia is losing all formal control of the Nagorno-Karabakh. As tactical regions are taken back into Azerbaijani control, Armenia has all but lost the campaign to control the territory.
As key territories of the Nagorno-Karabakh region return to Azerbaijani control, the odds of long time diplomatic resolution are more favorable. A stable Azerbaijan territory back in the republic’s control paves the way for greater stability in the Caucasus region.