Il­ham Aliyev voices hope Karabakh con­flict can find so­lu­tion through talks

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev at­tended the if­tar cer­e­mony on the oc­ca­sion of the holy month of Ra­madan hosted by Chair­man of the Cau­ca­sus Mus­lims Of­fice Sheikhulis­lam Al­lahshukur Pas­haz­ade at his res­i­dence on June 6.

The event kicked off with the recita­tion of verses from the Qu­ran and a Ra­madan prayer.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Pres­i­dent Aliyev noted that meet­ings at the if­tar cer­e­mony or­ga­nized each year tes­tify to the very high level of statere­li­gious re­la­tions in Azer­bai­jan.

“Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all re­li­gions live as one fam­ily in Azer­bai­jan. This again shows the thoughts that have been voiced at to­day's if­tar cer­e­mony, speeches of the lead­ers of tra­di­tional re­li­gions. In Azer­bai­jan, both state-re­li­gious and in­ter­re­li­gious re­la­tions are ex­em­plary. I know that the Azer­bai­jani model as­so­ci­ated with th­ese is­sues is being stud­ied in many parts of the world to­day. This is nec­es­sary for our suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment. This is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of our state pol­icy. At the same time, this re­flects the state of our so­ci­ety, the pre­vail­ing at­mos­phere here,” he said.

The head of state noted that a very se­ri­ous, thought­ful state pol­icy on in­ter­re­li­gious is­sues is held in Azer­bai­jan, and this pol­icy is sup­ported by the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple.

“The reg­u­la­tion of th­ese re­la­tions in Azer­bai­jan en­sures the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of our coun­try. The ex­ist­ing na­tional con­sen­sus in Azer­bai­jan, civil unity, sta­bil­ity are built pre­cisely on th­ese re­la­tions. The Azer­bai­jani peo­ple are com­mit­ted to their na­tional val­ues, and the Azer­bai­jani state is built on na­tional val­ues. At the same time, Azer­bai­jan is al­ready known in the world as an ex­em­plary coun­try in the es­tab­lish­ment of in­ter­re­li­gious, in­tereth­nic re­la­tions. We send a very se­ri­ous and pos­i­tive sig­nal from Azer­bai­jan to the world, and at the same time the high level of th­ese re­la­tions is very im­por­tant for the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of our coun­try. We have one goal, one as­pi­ra­tion. We want our coun­try to be­come even stronger and de­velop even faster. We want the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple to live even bet­ter, in con­di­tions of peace and pros­per­ity. We not only want this, but we also pro­vide this with our prac­ti­cal steps,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev re­called that he met with am­bas­sadors of Mus­lim coun­tries in Azer­bai­jan few days ago.

“In the month of Ra­madan, th­ese meet­ings are of a tra­di­tional na­ture. Dur­ing the meet­ing, I spoke about our re­la­tions with Mus­lim coun­tries. Th­ese ties are at a high level. Azer­bai­jan is a coun­try en­joy­ing great sup­port, great re­spect in the Mus­lim world. Mus­lim coun­tries al­ways sup­port Azer­bai­jan in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and are well aware that Azer­bai­jan, in turn, sup­ports Mus­lim coun­tries in all in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. Azer­bai­jan plays a very ac­tive and suc­cess­ful role in the pro­mo­tion of Is­lamic cul­ture in the world,” he added.

Il­ham Aliyev pointed out that the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) ap­pre­ci­ates the so­lu­tion of re­li­gious is­sues in Azer­bai­jan.

“The Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion con­stantly sup­ports our coun­try in con­nec­tion with the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict. Nu­mer­ous res­o­lu­tions, which re­flected the his­tor­i­cal truth, the real sit­u­a­tion and demon­strated a fair po­si­tion in con­nec­tion with the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, were adopted. Azer­bai­jan's just po­si­tion is sup­ported, and we are grate­ful to the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion for this sup­port,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev stated that the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict should be re­solved only on the ba­sis of in­ter­na­tional norms and prin­ci­ples.

“Nagorno-Karabakh is our his­tor­i­cal land, we bring th­ese realities to the whole world. Nu­mer­ous works, books have been pub­lished, and many events have been held,” he added.

“No one doubts that NagornoKarabakh his­tor­i­cally be­longed to the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple. From a le­gal point of view, Nagorno-Karabakh is an in­te­gral part of Azer­bai­jan, the whole world rec­og­nizes the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan. No coun­try rec­og­nizes and, I am sure, will never rec­og­nize the crim­i­nal, self­pro­claimed regime ex­ist­ing in Nagorno-Karabakh. Th­ese fac­tors, and his­tor­i­cal facts, and the norms of in­ter­na­tional law, res­o­lu­tions of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions not only strengthen our po­si­tion, but also cre­ate the ba­sis for the set­tle­ment of the con­flict, the le­gal ba­sis, and we achieved this as a re­sult of tire­less ac­tiv­ity. I am con­fi­dent that by pursuing a con­sis­tent pol­icy, we will achieve our goal, re­store the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of our coun­try. I have no doubt about that,” Pres­i­dent Aliyev said.

This is sug­gested by his­tor­i­cal realities, the le­gal frame­work, the res­o­lu­tions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, res­o­lu­tions of other or­ga­ni­za­tions, our eco­nomic might, mil­i­tary power and the real sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the head of state.

“To­day, Ar­me­nian peo­ple talk about the things that I have been talk­ing for years. I ex­posed the for­mer crim­i­nal regime of Ar­me­nia from the high­est tri­bune of the world, from the tri­bune of the UN. I called them by names, I ac­cused them of the Kho­jaly geno­cide, war crimes. I named the for­mer lead­er­ship of Ar­me­nia a blood­thirsty, crim­i­nal, ban­dit regime. All this is true. I told the truth, to­day the Ar­me­nian peo­ple say this truth. The Ar­me­nian peo­ple fi­nally re­al­ized that for 20 years they were led by a crim­i­nal junta regime, a regime that pur­sued only its own in­ter­ests, a regime, be­cause of un­sat­is­fac­tory and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity of which, Ar­me­nia found it­self in such a de­plorable state,” the Pres­i­dent said.

Il­ham Aliyev ex­pressed hope that the new lead­er­ship of Ar­me­nia will not re­peat the mis­takes of the for­mer au­thor­i­ties, will do se­ri­ous work for an early set­tle­ment of the con­flict, and a real, not for the sake of im­i­ta­tion, ne­go­ti­a­tion process will be launched.

“Thus, a so­lu­tion can be found for the ques­tion, and peace can be brought to the Cau­ca­sus. We want this, we de­mand a set­tle­ment of the con­flict, we have the right to it. We hope that this is­sue can soon find a so­lu­tion through ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he noted.

The Pres­i­dent went on to say that in Azer­bai­jan, re­li­gion is sep­a­rated from the state.

“But the state con­stantly sup­ports be­liev­ers. All our his­tor­i­cal mosques have been thor­oughly re­stored by the state,” he said.

“Our his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments, re­li­gious mon­u­ments are our na­tional trea­sure. The tem­ples of all re­li­gions are dear to us, this is our prop­erty. Azer­bai­jan pre­serves, re­stores, builds his­tor­i­cal and re­li­gious mon­u­ments of all re­li­gions. This once again shows that the re­li­gious pol­icy in Azer­bai­jan is con­ducted very de­lib­er­ately and meets the in­ter­ests of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple,” Pres­i­dent Aliyev noted.

The head of state went on to say that the “Baku process” is al­ready an im­por­tant part of the global agenda.

“It is no coin­ci­dence that the "Baku process", started on our initiative 10 years ago, is the only largescale for­mat of co­op­er­a­tion in the world. Over th­ese 10 years, no one else has put for­ward a sim­i­lar initiative. The “Baku process” is a purely Azer­bai­jani initiative. This year, we will mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the “Baku process”. This initiative is sup­ported by the UN and other in­flu­en­tial in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“Look how many ma­jor events we have held in Azer­bai­jan over the years – the sum­mit of re­li­gious lead­ers, the Global Fo­rum of the UN Al­liance of Civ­i­liza­tions, the Baku hu­man­i­tar­ian fo­rums, the fo­rums on in­ter­cul­tural di­a­logue. We are do­ing all this be­cause there is a great need for that. We want in­ter­re­li­gious re­la­tions to be reg­u­lated at a high level not only in Azer­bai­jan but all over the world,” the head of state added.

Il­ham Aliyev fur­ther noted that all th­ese goals were achieved in­side the coun­try.

“To­day in Azer­bai­jan there are no prob­lems, mis­un­der­stand­ings on re­li­gious, na­tional grounds. But we want them not to be in the world, and we are ready to con­tinue mak­ing our con­tri­bu­tion. To­day, Azer­bai­jan has al­ready es­tab­lished it­self in the world as a cen­ter of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. This is the state pol­icy, and the or­der of so­ci­ety. This is a great as­set, es­pe­cially at the present time. To­day we see that blood is shed on re­li­gious grounds in var­i­ous places of the world, wars are blaz­ing, and great tragedies are tak­ing place. Of course, we must eval­u­ate the work car­ried out in this field and try to make the sit­u­a­tion de­velop in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion both in Azer­bai­jan and in our re­gion. We live not on an is­land, we live and we will live in this re­gion. There­fore, we con­stantly keep th­ese is­sues in the cen­ter of at­ten­tion within the coun­try, and, I be­lieve, by in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tives we con­trib­ute to the reg­u­la­tion of the high­level in­ter­re­li­gious re­la­tions in the re­gion and the world,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev fur­ther pointed out sev­eral im­por­tant events that took place dur­ing the time that passed af­ter last year's meet­ing.

“Th­ese events are in­deed his­tor­i­cal. One of them is the trans­for­ma­tion of Azer­bai­jan into the trans­port cen­ter of Eura­sia. Last year the open­ing of the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars rail­way was solemnly cel­e­brated in Baku. And this year we marked the open­ing of the largest trade port on the Caspian Sea. Thus, we solved most of the is­sues the coun­try faced in the trans­port sphere. Th­ese his­tor­i­cal projects over the years will en­sure the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of Azer­bai­jan,” he said.

The head of state then re­called that the official open­ing of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor took place last month.

“This is also a great his­tor­i­cal achieve­ment, a his­tor­i­cal project. This project will serve the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple for many decades. A few days later, the official open­ing of TANAP will take place in the Turk­ish city of Eskise­hir. This is also a great his­tor­i­cal achieve­ment. That is, by achiev­ing great suc­cess ev­ery year, we strengthen and se­cure our coun­try. I am con­fi­dent that Azer­bai­jan will con­tinue to con­fi­dently and suc­cess­fully de­velop,” he con­cluded.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev then con­grat­u­lated all par­tic­i­pants and the Mus­lims of the whole world on the up­com­ing holy Ra­madan hol­i­day.

Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony, Sheikhulis­lam Al­lahshukur Pas­haz­ade ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and guests for ac­cept­ing his in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the if­tar cer­e­mony on the oc­ca­sion of the holy month of Ra­madan.

Other speak­ers at the event in­cluded Arch­bishop of Baku and Azer­bai­jan Eparchy of the Rus­sian Or­tho­dox Church Alexan­der, head of the Moun­tain Jews Com­mu­nity in Azer­bai­jan Mi­likh Yev­dayev and bishop of the Catholic Church in Azer­bai­jan Vladimir Fekete.

pres­i­dent Aliyev made a speech at an If­tar cer­e­mony hosted by Chair­man of the Cau­ca­sus Mus­lims Of­fice Sheikhulis­lam Al­lahshukur Pas­haz­ade on June 6.

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