"The churches of "Caucasian Albania" are their historical and cultural heritage," the President of Azerbaijan said.
In his speech, the President of Azerbaijan stated that "Armenian "historians" and fraudsters have Armenianized old Albanian churches, added their inscriptions on them, and appropriated these churches."
"Kalbajar is the ancient land of Azerbaijan. The historical sites of Kalbajar are our great asset. Both mosques and churches are our historical treasures. The people of Azerbaijan know this well, and the whole world should know that churches in Kalbajar belong to the ancient state of Caucasian Albania. Many historical documents are confirming this. Armenian "historians" and fraudsters have Armenianized old Albanian churches, added their inscriptions on them, and appropriated these churches. Suffice it to look at history, and anyone can see that in the 1830s, Tsarist Russia abolished the Albanian Church, gave all the property of the Albanian Church to the Armenian Gregorian Church. Armenian priests and their patrons began to appropriate these churches. Their main task was to erase the history of Caucasian Albania. But we did not allow that to happen. Azerbaijan has a broad scientific base on this issue. These works are and should be shared with the scientific community and the world community as a whole. Caucasian Albania was a great state. Historical sites and churches belonging to Caucasian Albania are our historical and cultural heritage. We are protecting these churches and will continue to do so," Ilham Aliyev said.
Azerbaijani military units entered the Kelbajar region based on an agreement signed on November 9 by the President of Russia, the Prime Minister of Armenia, and the President of Azerbaijan.