The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region must be returned to Azerbaijan unconditionally: Turkish Army Gen.

Occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region must be returned to Azerbaijan unconditionally: Turkish Army Gen.


The occupied Nagorno-Karabakhregion must be returned to Azerbaijan unconditionally and immediately, Erdal Ceylanoglu, a retired Turkish General and former Commander of the Turkish Army, told APA’s Turkey correspondent.

“Turkey is Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan is Turkey. That’s how we approach the matter,” said the general. “Hence the 30th of August is a celebration of victory for Azerbaijan too. We’re all extremely concerned by part of the beloved motherland remaining, although temporarily, under occupation.”

Ceylanoglu said he has been to the Nagorno-Karabakh region for four times, noting that each time he found the Azerbaijani army stationed there stronger than before.

“I’ve seen our Azerbaijani brothers’ passion for liberating Nagorno-Karabakhfrom occupation. Part of the beloved motherland under occupation must be returned to our nation unconditionally and immediately,” he emphasized.  “In case peaceful mechanisms fail to restore justice, the necessity will arise of opting for other mechanisms to do that. Having said ‘Once a flag arose, it will never lower again descend,’ Mammad Amin Rasulzade ignited the fire of eternal independence.  And Heydar Aliyev clinched our brotherhood as he said ‘One national, two states.’ Is there anything better left to say?”

Army General Erdal Ceylanoglu was appointed commander of the Turkish Land Forces in 2010. Protesting the operations against the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) and Ergenekon (The name of an ancient Turkish Saga) coup-plots, Ceylanoglu and then-head of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner resigned from their posts in 2011.