AZER­BAI­JAN IN WORLD ME­DIA SPOT­LIGHT

Azeri Observer - - Azeri Observer - BY BAYLAR MAJIDOV AZ­ERI OB­SERVER CON­TRIB­U­TOR

V pro­grams are be­ing pre­pared and ar­ti­cles are be­ing writ­ten in the world mass me­dia about Azer­bai­jan, which has be­come a lead­ing coun­try in the re­gion and con­ducts in­ter­na­tional events in Baku. The cov­er­age in­cludes dy­namic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try’s econ­omy at a time when an eco­nomic down­turn is ob­served in the world econ­omy.

Azer­bai­jan has al­ways been in the cen­tre of the at­ten­tion of the whole world com­mu­nity for its de­vel­op­ing econ­omy, bril­liant pol­i­tics, suc­cess - gained in the in­ter­na­tional world and of course for its nat­u­ral re­sources. TV pro­grams are be­ing pre­pared and ar­ti­cles are be­ing writ­ten in the world mass me­dia about Azer­bai­jan, which has be­come a lead­ing coun­try in the re­gion and con­ducts in­ter­na­tional events in Baku, the cap­i­tal of the coun­try. The cov­er­age in­cludes dy­namic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try’s econ­omy at a time when an eco­nomic down­turn is ob­served in the world econ­omy.

A lot of ar­ti­cles have been pub­lished in the me­dia of France, Italy, Turkey and other coun- tries about Azer­bai­jani First Lady, Prezi­dent of Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, UNESCO and ISESCO’s good­will am­bas­sador, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Mehriban Aliyeva’s in­valu­able ef­forts in in­tro­duc­ing the cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan in Europe and im­prov­ing East-West civ­i­liza­tions mu­tual re­la­tions. Many con­certs of Azer­bai­jani mu­si­cians have been held across Europe with the sup­port and per­sonal par­tic­i­pa­tion of Mehriban Aliyeva. Also, works of Azer­bai­jani artists were shown in Euro­pean coun­tries.

An ar­ti­cle of deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief Suzy AlGineydi ‘Baku-sunny and tol­er­ant city’ has been pub­lished in an in­flu­en­tial weekly Egyp­tian magazine ‘Al-Ahram Al-Arabi’. He took part in the First In­ter­na­tional Baku Fo­rum De­cem­ber 19-21, last year and noted that Azer­bai­jan could be a model

for Egypt: “Cur­rently, Egypt which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a com­plex his­tor­i­cal pe­riod faces the need for a pri­or­ity of the prin­ci­ple of tol­er­ance of the preser­va­tion of na­tional unity and sal­va­tion of the coun­try from di­vi­sion. We be­lieve that in this sense Azer­bai­jan is a wor­thy ex­am­ple. In the 1990s, the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple suc­cess­fully over­came the com­plex pe­riod when the coun­try was fac­ing the threat of in­ter­nal split. How­ever, at that time Ar­me­nia oc­cu­pied 20% of Azer­bai­jani lands. The sep­a­ratist regime of Ar­me­nia de­clared the in­de­pen­dence of Nagorno Karabakh re­gion. How­ever, this in­de­pen­dence is not rec­og­nized by any state. This re­gion is an in­te­gral part of Azer­bai­jan in line with the in­ter­na­tional law. Oc­cu­pa­tion of this re­gion by the armed forces of Ar­me­nia still con­tin­ues. All the same, Azer­bai­jan man­aged to re­main an ex­am­ple of the re­li­gious and na­tional tol­er­ance”.

Fa­mous Aus­trian magazine “Cer­cle Di­plo­ma­tique et Economique İn­ter­na­tional” pub­lished spe­cial edi­tion ded­i­cated to our coun­try and 20 years an­niver­sary of es­tab­lish­ment diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Aus­tria. There were pub­lished in­for­ma­tion and in­ter­views about bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Aus­tria, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try, Pri­or­i­ties of for­eign pol­icy, new oil and gas pol­icy, suc­cess which has been reached in the en­er­getic sphere, op­por­tu­ni­ties of tourism sec­tor.

In 20-th an­niver­sary of Azer­bai­jan-Aus­tria diplo­matic re­la­tions, co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our coun­tries was highly es­ti­mated, and pointed sim­i­lar fea­tures of Azer­bai­jan and Aus­tria, in the in­ter­view of the Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Re­pub­lic Il­ham Aliyev un­der the ti­tle “Azer­bai­jan and Aus­tria: view to the fu­ture”. In the in­ter­views with For­eign Min­is­ter of Azer­bai­jan Re­pub­lic El­mar Mam­mad­yarov, Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Shahin Mustafayev, Min­is­ter of Emer­gency Sit­u­a­tions Ka­maled­din Hey­darov, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies Ali Ab­basov, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Abul­fas Garayev and heads of other lead­ing state agen­cies, has been pointed out suc­cess which is achieved in dif­fer­ent spheres of the coun­try. Pres­i­dent of SOCAR Rov­nag Ab­dul­layev told in his in­ter­view about oil and gas re­sources of Azer­bai­jan, its role in the Euro­pean en­er­getic se­cu­rity, trans­porta­tion of nat­u­ral gas from Azer­bai­jan to EU coun­tries. 16-page spe­cial book­let “SOCAR - En­ergy of Azer­bai­jan” was pub­lished as an ad­di­tion to the magazine. In­ter­est­ing and im­por­tant facts from his­tory of oil and gas of Azer­bai­jan, first level of oil in­dus­try, new oil strategy, founded by na­tional leader of Azer­bai­jan peo­ple Hey­dar Aliyev, photo gallery con­sist­ing of pho­tos, re­flect­ing mod­ern oil and gas in­dus­try, and also pieces of art, ded­i­cated to oil and gas in­dus­try are in­cluded in the book­let.

An ar­ti­cle named “Azer­bai­jan - coun­try which de­vel­ops lean­ing on demo­cratic val­ues” was pub­lished in widely dis­trib­uted “Sakartve­los Re­spub­lica” (“Ge­or­gian Re­pub­lic”) news­pa­per founded 1918 in Ge­or­gia. In the ar­ti­cle at­ten­tion was paid to the fact that in­de­pen­dent Azer­bai­jan, which oc­cu­pies a lead­ing po­si­tion ac­cord­ing to the speed of its so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, suc­cess­fully im­ple­ments re­gional and global eco­nomic projects, solidly mov­ing for­ward on the path of le­gal and demo­cratic so­ci­ety con­struc­tion. The au­thor noted that un­der the lead­er­ship of head of Azer­bai­jan govern­ment who is faith­ful to ideas of na­tional leader Hey­dar Aliyev “In­de­pen­dent Azer­bai­jan Re­pub­lic will live and be­comes model of demo­cratic prin­ci­ples, hu­man free­dom, demo­cratic re­forms” there were made de­ci­sive steps in the field of de­vel­op­ment of democ­racy, pro­tec­tion of cit­i­zen’s rights, free­dom of speech and so on.

Pres­ti­gious magazine of great Bri­tain “The Busi­ness Year” pub­lished a de­tailed ar­ti­cle on World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, held April 7-8, in Baku on the topic: “Strate­gic Dialoque on the fu­ture of South Cau­ca­sus and Cen­tral Asia”. In the ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in Baku” said that world’s most pres­ti­gious econ­o­mists are brought to­gether to make dis­cus­sions on eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion to bring once more the im­por­tance of new “Silk Road” to the at­ten­tion of world com­mu­nity. Ac­cord­ing to Klaus Sch­wab founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, con­duct­ing of the Fo­rum in Baku is an im­por­tant step. He said that Azer­bai­ja­nis a small world which rep­re­sents a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties in var­i­ous meth­ods. Ow­ing to the cor­rect use of nat­u­ral re­sourse po­ten­tial there have been achieved great eco­nomic growth in the coun­try for re­cent years. At the same time, the suc­cess has been gained due to suc­cess­ful and skill­ful use of these re­sources in di­ver­si­fy­ing coun­try’s econ­omy.

In the frame of “Selec­tions from Asia” pro­gram aired at Ja­pan “NHK” tele­vi­sion chan­nel there were given de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on “Azer­bai­jan – coun­try of nat­u­ral re­sources lo­cated on Caspian Sea cost” pro­gram to Ja­paneze au­di­ence about Azer­bai­jan, which de­vel­oped rapidly in re­cent years and has be­come a lead­ing state of the re­gion. It was noted that as a re­sult of ef­fec­tive use of coun­try’s hy­dro­car­bon re­sources Azer­bai­jan govern­ment has achieved great suc­cess. Mag­nif­i­cent view of giant “Flame Tower”, and spurts of flame on it, has been car­ac­ter­ized as a sym­bol of the coun­try.

Well-known jour­nal­ist, in­ter­na­tional com­men­ta­tor of NHK chan­nel Iciyo Ishikava on the ba­sis of data ob­tained dur­ing his visits to Azer­bai­jan, be­gin­ning from the 90-s of last cen­tury in­formed au­di­ence about en­er­getic pol­icy of our coun­try. I.Ishikava in­formed about BakuT­bil­isi-Cey­han oil pipe­line which has be­come a re-

al­ity as a re­sult of “Con­tract of the Cen­tury” signed in 1994 de­spite mul­ti­ple ob­sta­cles. Jour­nal­ist un­der­lined, that pipe­line, con­structed for 10 years has im­por­tant role in trans­porta­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources of Caspian sea to Euro­pean mar­ket. He noted that in­crease of pro­duc­tion due to the trans­porta­tion of a di­ver­si­fied nat­u­ral re­sources, stim­u­lated more prof­its and un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment of Azer­bai­jan. It was noted that, de­spite the state of war with Ar­me­nia, Azer­bai­jan is de­vel­op­ing rapidly.

Re­mind­ing with great plea­sure his par­tic­i­pa­tion in Se­cond In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Fo­rum in Oc­to­ber this year I.Ishikava stressed that, hav­ing seen dur­ing his visit six years later in Azer­bai­jan amazed him. Ishikava said: “Beauty, rapid de­vel­op­ment of Baku, as well as re­gions of Azer­bai­jan amazed me. Now whole Baku looked like great con­struc­tion site. Govern­ment of Azer­bai­jan safely carry out ma­jor in­fras­tuc­ture projects in Baku and re­gions of the coun­try. Ho­tels are be­ing built to meet the high­est stan­dards, trans­port in­fra­struc­ture are rapidly de­vel­op­ing.”

An ar­ti­cle of An­drew Wid­mer about Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan, Nagorno Karabach con­flict was pub­lished in “Die Wochen­zeitung” - pres­ti­gious Swe­den news­pa­per. Es­pe­cially, in the arti- cle at­ten­tion was paid to Alkhanly and Ashagy Ab­dur­rah­manly vil­lages of Fizuly re­gion, as well as Has­san­qaya vil­lage of Tar­tar re­gion which are sit­u­ated on the front­line; de­scribed cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, daily life of vil­lagers, the dan­gers faced by the pop­u­la­tion as a re­sult of vi­o­la­tions of the cease­fire, the con­se­quences of the oc­cu­pa­tion pol­icy of Ar­me­nia, the com­plete de­struc­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture, ter­ri­to­ries to be plun­dered.

In the part of the ar­ti­cle “Re­gional cen­ters un­der the con­trol of the en­emy” un­der­lined the fact that 62 set­tle­ments of Fizuly re­gion were oc­cu­pied as a re­sult of ag­gres­sive pol­icy of Ar­me­nia, and cen­ter of the re­gion lo­cated in the area con­trolled by the en­emy. Jour­nal­ist writ­ing about front­line Azer­bai­jan vil­lages re­minded nine-year-old Fariz Badalov, killed by the en­emy bul­let, when he was play­ing in the yard of the house. In the other sec­tion of the ar­ti­cle, named “For­got­ten Con­flict”, Swe­den jour­nal­ist skill­fully showed mo­ments of life and in­curred suf­fer­ings of dis­placed peo­ple. The au­thor of the ar­ti­cle said, that me­di­a­tion role of OSCE Minsk Group did not pro­duce any re­sults, prog­noses of ex­perts on the pos­si­bil­ity of re- ig­ni­tion the con­flict, and Nagorno Karabakh, as well as seven sur­round­ing dis­tricts of Azer­bai­jan are still un­der the oc­cu­pa­tion.

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev

Azer­bai­jani First Lady, Prezi­dent of Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, UNESCO and ISESCO’S good­will am­bas­sador, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Mehriban Aliyeva The of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony of the Baku-tbilisi-cey­han oil pipe­line

The 1918 mas­sacre of Azer­bai­ja­nis com­mit­ted by Ar­me­ni­ans in the Guba re­gion has been widely cov­ered by world me­dia.

The win­ner of the 30th Sum­mer Olympic Games Sharif Shar­i­fov (84 kg) and his coach Fir­dovsi Umu­dov’s gold medal joy. Tour d'azer­bai­jan, in­ter­na­tional cycling com­pe­ti­tion held in Baku

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