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Azerbaijan’s military moves further into territory ceded by Armenia

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Wednesday that the country's military had moved further into territory ceded by Armenia following a recent flare-up in fighting between the neighbouring, former Soviet republics.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Wednesday that the country’s military had moved further into territory ceded by Armenia following a recent flare-up in fighting between the neighbouring, former Soviet republics.

The Kalbajar district has been “liberated from occupation today. I heartily congratulate all the people of Azerbaijan on this occasion,” Aliyev said in a statement.

Kalbajar, in western Azerbaijan near the Armenian border, was among more than 120 localities control over which Armenia ceded in a peace agreement this month to end the bloody, six-week flare-up.

Azerbaijan had lost control of Kalbajar in the early 1990s during a war with Armenia as they transitioned into independent countries amid the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Kalbajar – named Karvachar in Armenian – had been a strategic link between Armenia’s internationally recognized border and Armenian-held areas in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, a focus of the recent fighting.

Nagorno-Karabakh, for decades largely controlled by Christian Armenian troops, is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.

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