Azerbaijan has moved its newly-announced “Victory Day” that is supposed to mark the victory over Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh to November 8.
Initially, an executive order by President Ilham Aliyev said the nationwide holiday will be celebrated on November 10 of every year.
In a statement, the Presidential Administration said Victory Day date was moved to November 8 because November 10 is the Day of Remembrance of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
“Taking into account that the Day of Remembrance of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is celebrated in Turkey on November 10, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a decision to change the date of Victory Day,” the statement, which was released on December 3, reads.
The holiday is meant to celebrate the “victory” over Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani attack on the region, which started on September 27, ended on November 10 with a Russian-brokered peace deal.
The Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan said November 8 was selected as the new Victory Day, because it marks the “liberation” of the town of Shusha.
“The liberation of the city of Shusha, dear to every Azerbaijani, the pearl of Karabakh, after 28 years of occupation on November 8 played a decisive role in the fate of the war, led to the recognition of the defeat of the enemy’s political and military leadership and the cessation of the hostilities,” the administration said.
Azerbaijan also established a “Day of Remembrance” to commemorate service members and civilians who were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh battle on September 27 of every year.
Turkey played a key role in Azerbaijan’s attack on Nagorno-Karabakh by supporting Baku with advanced combat drones and hundreds of Syrian mercenaries.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to make his first to Azerbaijan after the peace deal on December 9 and 10. The Turkish President is expected to meet with President Aliyev. He will also attend a military parade in Baku to celebrate the “victory” in Karabakh.
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