44 days ... Patriotic War and the Great Victory ... This victory is the brightest page in the history of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan moved towards the victory of Karabakh step by step, overcoming a multitude of difficulties and obstacles. The Azerbaijani Army did it under the leadership of Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev! History itself testifies to the extent of the work done during those 44 days – full of pride and honor.
From the first day of his election, the President of Azerbaijan made the liberation of ancient Karabakh a priority. From the day he was sworn in as President in October 2003, he stressed the importance of the unconditional liberation of our lands.
Although the road to victory in the Patriotic War took 44 days, this Victory was underpinned by years of the President's tireless, patient and perseverant struggle. This was the essence of his speeches in all meetings and international forums – both at home and abroad. In every word, the President showed that his position remained unchanged. The words and pledges made exactly 18 years ago remained unchanged until the end! Karabakh must be liberated!