Shusha, 19 May 2022 (TDI): Participants in the 3rd General Conference of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s Parliamentary Assembly (PAECO) paid a visit to the city of Shusha.

The conference participants were honored by the city of Shusha, Azerbaijan’s cultural capital. Shusha is the recently freed city from the control of Armenia, to which the delegation of the PAECO conference was led.

The focus of the visit was to let the participants know about the current situation in the recently liberated city of Shusha from the tyranny of Armenia and to get to know the participants to review the significance of the city to Azerbaijan.

Firstly, Shusha is a city in Azerbaijan that is located in the Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory. Secondly, the city was a mountain resort in the Soviet period, located in the Nagorno-Karabakh highlands.

The area of Shusha went through a battle 2020 in November, which was fought between the military forces of Azerbaijan and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, which was militarily supported by Armenia.

In addition to this, the two-day conflict was called one of the most bloody conflicts in the region. Finally, signing a ceasefire agreement, the President of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, maintained that Artsakh lost control of the city on November 7. Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia acknowledged the loss.

The seizure of Shusha was a turning point in the war, with Armenia surrendering and Azerbaijan declaring victory just a few days later due to the strategic advantage the city afforded.

Liberation Day in Azerbaijan was celebrated on November 8. It is the day the President of Azerbaijan acknowledged the victory of Azerbaijani troops against the adversaries.

The city of Shusha has had great importance historically and is important theologically based on religion. Agha Mohammad Shah Qajar, the founder of the Qajar dynasty of Iran succeeded in capturing Shusha by 1797.

Lastly, the city of Susha, Azerbaijan also went under the control of the Russian Empire as well and got liberated in 1991 after the dissolution of the USSR.

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