|Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan|
December 11, 1991 – February 17, 1992
|Preceded by||Valeh Barshadly|
|Succeeded by||Shahin Musayev (acting)|
|Service/branch||Azerbaijani Armed Forces|
Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan
Mehdiyev was appointed Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan in December 1991, during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, replacing General Valeh Barshadly. In an interview with British journalist Thomas de Waal, Mehdiyev said:
|“||There was not a single piece of military equipment... There was no communications equipment at all. Now we have mobile phones. Then there was absolutely nothing. It was impossible to conduct a conversation with anyone. Everything was listened to. At that time all the government lines went through the GRU [Russian Military Intelligence] and they listened to all our conversations. And there was no other lines. There were no barracks, no training grounds, no weapons, no equipment.||”|
While in office, he personally led an unsuccessful operation in Dashalty where many Azeri soldiers were ambushed and killed. Additionally, within the 2 months of his term in office, several villages of strategic importance, Karkijahan, Malibeyli and Gushchular, and Garadaghly and were lost to Armenian forces. On February 17, 1992 with the fall of Garadaghly village of Khojavend Rayon where more than 70 Azerbaijani civilians died and shortly before the fall of Khojaly, Mehdiyev was officially removed from the post of Minister of Defense. The ministry was then headed briefly by Chief of Staff, Shahin Musayev before Tahir Aliyev took over.
In 2005, Mehdiyev ran for Azerbaijani parliament from the election district No. 99 of Shamkir Rayon of Azerbaijan but did not get elected. Mehdiyev has been a proponent of big reforms in the way post-career officers are treated while he was the Chairman of Committee for Protection of Rights of Officers. He lobbied changes in salary, health insurance, provision of jobs to members of officers' families due to their relocations and social protection. He was also one of supporters for establishment of Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan and starting domestic military production. In the last few years, Tajeddin Mehdiyev worked at the Ministry of Defense but was laid off along with other 30 high-ranking officers in 2009 due to ongoing reforms in the ministry.
- "Azərbaycan Respublikası Müdafiə Nazirliyi. 1991-dən sonra" [Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan Republic. Events after 1991]. Archived from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- R. Orujev (2004-06-04). "Концепция армейской реформы" [Concepts of reform]. Ekho. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- Rashad Suleymanov (2008-06-25). "Marş, irəli!.." [March forward!..]. lent.az. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- De Waal, Thomas (2003). Black garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through peace and war. New York: New York University Press. p. 164. ISBN 0-8147-1944-9. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- "T. İ. Mehdiyevin Azərbaycan Respublikasının müdafiə naziri vəzifəsindən azad edilməsi haqqında AZƏRBAYCAN RESPUBLİKASI PREZİDENTİNİN FƏRMANI" [Order of the President of Azerbaijan on relieving T. Mehdiyev from duties of Minister of Defense]. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Vugar Orkhan (2010-02-26). "Xocalı – sızlayan yaddaşımız" [Khojaly is our painful memory]. 525-ci qazet. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- "Определены избирательные округа, из которых будут баллотироваться в депутаты известные кандидаты представленные в блоке «YeS» и руководст" [Election districts from which candidates will be presented in YeS block, have been determined]. Day.az. 2005-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ""Heç olmamaqdansa, gec olsun"" ["Better late than never"]. RFE/RL. 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- "Səfər Əbiyev 30 general və zabiti işdən çıxardı" [Safar Abiyev laid off 30 generals and officers]. Fakt Kheber. 2005-09-20. Retrieved 2010-07-15.