A meeting took place with servicemen who have been provided with high-tech prosthetic devices by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, April 3.
At the meeting held at the Heydar Aliyev Centre, first, the martyrs of the April battle were commemorated with one minute’s silence.
Assistant to the First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Director of the Heydar Aliyev Centre Anar Alakbarov, addressing the meeting, told that three years earlier, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation started implementing the project “Provision of soldiers and officers wounded in the April-2016 battles with high-tech prosthetic devices”. The second phase of the project has already started. In the course of the past three years, over 100 officers and soldiers were provided with high-tech artificial limbs. Underscoring that today’s meeting coincided with the days of the April battles three years earlier, the day our army took victory over the enemy, Anar Alakbarov read the address by the First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva to the attendees of the meeting.
The address states: “ Daghlyg Garabagh, eternally Azerbaijani land, and other seven districts were occupied by the Republic of Armenia 25 years ago. As a result of this military aggression, 20 percent of our lands fell under occupation, with over one million Azerbaijanis being forced out of their native lands, ending up living the life of a refugee and IDP. Although a ceasefire was reached in 1994, Armenia has committed repeated armed provocations against Azerbaijan, but thanks to heroism and courage of brave sons of our people, like yourselves, the Azerbaijani Army prevented such provocations and always gave the enemy the answer they deserved.
Having shown courage while defending the Homeland, you have lost your health for the sake of restoring Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, independence, and making our country more powerful, and strong. Whereby, you have demonstrated loyalty to your country, the people, and the President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief. The state of Azerbaijan has given high appreciation to your activities, taking pride in such courageous and brave sons as yourselves. Your struggle is a struggle of justice. The state of Azerbaijan has been doing its best to make sure that the conflict is settled in the framework of international law principles, keeping Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.
3 years have passed since the April battles in 2016. These battles once more demonstrated to the whole world that the state of Azerbaijan would never come to terms with the fact of occupation. The April battles once more demonstrated the patriotism, solidarity and unconquerable will of the people of Azerbaijan. Thanks to the heroism of the April battle participants, the Azerbaijani flag is flying on the liberated territories of Fuzuli, Jabrail and Aghdara districts. We suffered losses. These losses are a tragedy for all of us, and for every Azerbaijani. The Azerbaijani youth, our soldiers, officers, having shown courage, sacrificed their lives for the Homeland, and became martyrs. Those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Homeland will eternally live in our hearts.
Every soldier is dear and valuable to the state of Azerbaijan, and the people of Azerbaijan. The state of Azerbaijan has been taking all actions to ensure that your health is restored and you return to a normal life, and such actions will be continued further. I wish all of you sound health and successes.”
Colonel-lieutenant Eldaniz Sadygov, captain Amil Dadashov, chief lieutenant Namig Aliyev and Director of MEDICOM Anar Rustamov spoke at the meeting.
Then, messages of thanks by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation were presented to the servicemen.
Thereafter, First Vice-president of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva met with servicemen who have been provided with prosthetic devices, and had sincere conversation with them.
The servicemen thanked Mehriban Aliyeva for the care and attention shown towards them.
Then, a photo was taken.