Pres­i­dent Aliyev: Es­tab­lish­ment of Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic is his­tor­i­cal event

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The es­tab­lish­ment of Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic (ADR) is a his­tor­i­cal event, said Azerbaijan’s Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev dur­ing the of­fi­cial re­cep­tion on the oc­ca­sion of the 100th an­niver­sary of ADR.

The es­tab­lish­ment of Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic (ADR) is a his­tor­i­cal event, said Azerbaijan’s Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev dur­ing the of­fi­cial re­cep­tion on the oc­ca­sion of the 100th an­niver­sary of ADR.

The event, held at the Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter on May 28, was at­tended by Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva as well as their fam­ily mem­bers.

“For the first time, a demo­cratic re­pub­lic was cre­ated in the Mus­lim world. We are rightly proud that this re­pub­lic was cre­ated by the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple. This once again shows that Azer­bai­jani peo­ple are a great na­tion. Azer­bai­jani peo­ple are free­dom lov­ing and pro­gres­sive­minded,” the head of state said while ad­dress­ing the of­fi­cial re­cep­tion.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev stressed that the Azer­bai­jani state highly re­spects the mem­ory of the ADR founders.

“Upon my de­cree a mon­u­ment was erected in Baku’s cen­ter a few years ago in hon­our of ADR. The names of the ADR founders were im­mor­tal­ized,” he said.

“This year has been de­clared as the Year of the Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic in Azerbaijan. Cel­e­brat­ing this an­niver­sary in our coun­try and in many other coun­tries, we have held and are hold­ing big events. Th­ese events will be held till the end of the year,” Il­ham Aliyev said.

We are rightly proud of this his­tor­i­cal event, the Azer­bai­jani pres­i­dent added.

The head of state noted that af­ter 2003, Azerbaijan’s dy­namic devel­op­ment was en­sured.

“We man­aged to build a strong and pow­er­ful state. Cur­rently, Azerbaijan in full sense of this word is a coun­try pur­su­ing in­de­pen­dent pol­icy. To­day, such coun­tries are not so many on the world map. In par­tic­u­lar, if we look at the coun­tries with not so large ter­ri­tory and pop­u­la­tion, we will see that there are not so many coun­tries able to pur­sue in­de­pen­dent pol­icy. We con­duct a fully in­de­pen­dent pol­icy. Our pol­icy has been built on the ba­sis of na­tional in­ter­ests. The in­ter­ests of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple are the source of our pol­icy and its ba­sis. The pos­si­bil­ity of in­flu­enc­ing our pol­icy from out­side is equal to zero. The re­cent his­tory has shown this. At present, I can say that there are no such at­tempts, be­cause we pur­sue a prin­ci­pled pol­icy. This pol­icy is sup­ported and pro­tected by the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple. The unity of the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment is the main rea­son of our suc­cess,” he said.

To­day Azerbaijan has strength­ened its po­si­tion in the in­ter­na­tional arena and has be­come a coun­try with high rep­u­ta­tion in the in­ter­na­tional arena, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“The num­ber of coun­tries co­op­er­at­ing with us is grow­ing. We have twice chaired the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which is the most in­flu­en­tial struc­ture of the world. Next year we will chair the Non-Aligned Move­ment, the sec­ond big­gest or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter the United Na­tions,” he said.

Il­ham Aliyev pointed out that Azerbaijan closely works with all other lead­ing in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Azerbaijan is a mem­ber of some or­ga­ni­za­tions and car­ries out ac­tiv­ity with some or­ga­ni­za­tions within co­op­er­a­tion. The world com­mu­nity treats Azerbaijan with great re­spect and great sym­pa­thy. To­day Azerbaijan holds a very strong place on the po­lit­i­cal map of the world,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent also stressed that the work car­ried out re­cently in con­nec­tion with the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict has fur­ther broad­ened the legal frame­work for the set­tle­ment of the con­flict.

"Of course, four res­o­lu­tions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and OSCE de­ci­sions form the ba­sis of this legal frame­work. Other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have adopted sim­i­lar de­ci­sions and res­o­lu­tions since 2003 up till now. Among them are the Non-Aligned Move­ment, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, the Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly of the Coun­cil of Europe, Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Democ­racy and Economic Devel­op­ment (GUAM), Economic Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion and other or­ga­ni­za­tions,” he added.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev went on to say that this means cre­ation of a legal ba­sis for re­solv­ing the con­flict.

“We have also cre­ated an economic ba­sis of the con­flict’s set­tle­ment and built a strong army. As a re­sult of the com­pre­hen­sive mea­sures, Azerbaijan has fully en­sured po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic su­pe­ri­or­ity in this is­sue. The re­sult of this is that no mat­ter how much the world Ar­me­ni­ans try, no state has rec­og­nized the il­le­gal Nagorno-Karabakh regime,” he said.

We are well aware that to­day the norms of in­ter­na­tional law are in most cases vi­o­lated and do not work, the head of state noted.

“The power fac­tor comes to the fore, and this is re­al­ity. There­fore, the sup­port of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to our po­si­tion in the Armenia-Azerbaijan NagornoKarabakh con­flict is our great achieve­ment,” he noted.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev said he be­lieves that aside from the norms of the in­ter­na­tional law, there is a fac­tor of strong Azerbaijan.

“We man­aged to build a strong state. I would like to say once again that the num­ber of coun­tries co­op­er­at­ing with us and those wish­ing to co­op­er­ate with us is grow­ing. The re­spect to us is in­creas­ing and the re­spect to our work is ap­par­ent. In this sit­u­a­tion, no coun­try will be able to cre­ate re­la­tions with an il­le­gal regime and we will never al­low this to hap­pen. We will never al­low the cre­ation of a sec­ond Ar­me­nian state in our his­tor­i­cal lands. The only way to re­solve the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict is the restora­tion of Azerbaijan’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev pointed out that Azerbaijan has built a strong army.

“When there was made a de­ci­sion in 1918 to cre­ate an Azer­bai­jani army, the founders of the Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic prob­a­bly could not imag­ine that to­day the Azer­bai­jani army will be among 50 strong­est armies in the world. The ma­te­rial and tech­ni­cal equip­ment and the fight­ing ef­fi­ciency of our army are at the high­est level. We man­aged to prove this on the bat­tle­field,” he added.

The head of state said that two years ago, the Azer­bai­jani army lib­er­ated a part of the oc­cu­pied lands.

“Part of Agdere, Fizuli and Jabrail dis­tricts was lib­er­ated from the in­vaders. The cit­i­zens of Azerbaijan re­turned to th­ese lib­er­ated lands. Life re­turned to th­ese lands. Azer­bai­jani state, the Azer­bai­jani army did it. A strong army is the ba­sis of Azerbaijan’s in­de­pen­dence and the guar­an­tor of its se­cu­rity. Se­cu­rity has been fully en­sured in Azerbaijan. To­day Azerbaijan as an in­de­pen­dent state is one of the most sta­ble coun­tries on the world scale,” he added.

Speak­ing of en­ergy, the Pres­i­dent noted that Azerbaijan's nat­u­ral gas re­serves will be suf­fi­cient for at least 100 years for the coun­try it­self and for the states that ben­e­fit from this co­op­er­a­tion.

“De­spite this, we should yet look ahead. We must en­sure a long-term, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment strat­egy for the coun­try. We have very clear mind and views on this is­sue,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev noted that cur­rently, great work is un­der­way on the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor project.

“We have linked the seas with oil and gas pipe­lines. For the first time in his­tory, the Caspian Sea was con­nected to the Black and Mediter­ranean seas by oil pipe­lines. Baku-Tbilisi-Cey­han, Baku-Tbil­isiErzu­rum and Baku-Supsa oil and gas pipe­lines were built on our ini­tia­tive,” he said.

The head of state pointed out that in terms of en­ergy se­cu­rity Azerbaijan has be­come an im­por­tant coun­try not only in the re­gion, but also on a global scale.

The head of state also spoke about the trans­port projects be­ing im­ple­mented by Azerbaijan.

“By cre­at­ing trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, we have united the con­ti­nents. Azerbaijan, which has no ac­cess to the open sea, is to­day turn­ing into one of the trans­port cen­ters of the world. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars rail­road, ini­ti­ated by us, other in­fra­struc­ture projects, the launch of the Alat port, the largest port of the Caspian Sea, the steps to­wards the cre­ation of the NorthSouth trans­port cor­ri­dor, pur­sue one goal: to turn Azerbaijan into one of the trans­port cen­ters of the world. Great work was car­ried out to this end. This is the fac­tor strength­en­ing the in­de­pen­dence. This is the fac­tor de­vel­op­ing the non-oil sec­tor. We are very se­ri­ously en­gaged in this is­sue,” he said.

“Our nat­u­ral re­sources will be de­pleted sooner or later. De­spite the fact that the Az­eri-Chi­rag-Gu­nashli con­tract has been ex­tended to 2050, this con­tract will be in force at least un­til that pe­riod. I am fully con­fi­dent that af­ter 2050 there will be enough oil re­serves in the Az­eri-Chi­rag-Gu­nashli,” Pres­i­dent Aliyev added.

Then, a solemn con­cert ded­i­cated to the 100th an­niver­sary of the Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic was held in Baku Crys­tal Hall.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva, and their fam­ily mem­bers at­tended the con­cert.

The con­cep­tion of the event or­ga­nized with the sup­port of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion high­lights the es­tab­lish­ment of the Azerbaijan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic on May 28 in 1918, the coun­try`s achieve­ments in the past 100 years and Azerbaijan`s po­si­tion as one of the in­de­pen­dent, pow­er­ful and de­vel­oped coun­tries. Fa­mous cul­tural and art fig­ures per­formed at the con­cert.

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