Former US ambassador hails quality of restoration work in liberated Azerbaijani territories
Azerbaijan's restoration of its liberated lands should serve as an example for the whole world, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said on Wednesday.
He made the remarks during the forum, entitled "Karabakh: Back Home After 30 Years. Accomplishments and Challenges", which was organized by ADA University in cooperation with the Baku-based Center for the Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center).
“Our visit to Zangilan yesterday has left a great impression. I had not yet seen such an extensive pace of rebuilding in Azerbaijan, besides Barda and Aghdam a few years ago. I was deeply impressed, not only by the quality of construction, but by this strategic plan. There has been so much thought put into how to reconstruct these areas, which aims to resurrect the cities, economic and social spirit, as well create living conditions that are better for the internally displaced peoples (IDP) there than whatever they may have ready here in Baku,” Bryza said.
The former US envoy noted that all this strategic planning, construction and return of former internally displaced persons is taking place during the ongoing landmine problem.
“Implementation of construction and return of former internally displaced persons is happening during the remaining problem of landmines, because the Armenian side never gave accurate maps,” he stressed.
“The other powerful realization I had was that in all modern history there has probably never been such an example of a totally destroyed area that is so large that will now be fully reconstructed. That is a powerful reality and a huge objective that should serve as an example for the whole world,” Bryza added.