Tur­kic lead­ers assem­ble in Kyr­gyzs­tan for 6th Sum­mit of Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

The 6th Sum­mit of the Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil of Tur­kic Speak­ing States was held at the "Rux Ordo" Cul­tural Cen­ter named after Chin­giz Ait­ma­tov in Cholpon-Ata town of the Kyr­gyz Repub­lic on Septem­ber 3.

The sum­mit with a fo­cus on na­tional sports and youth pol­icy and was at­tended by the pres­i­dents of Azer­bai­jan, Tur­key, Kaza­khstan and Kyr­gyzs­tan. Uzbek Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev and Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­bán par­tic­i­pated as guests of honor.

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, while ad­dress­ing the sum­mit, said that Azer­bai­jan main­tains close ties with all Tur­kic-speak­ing states.

“Th­ese ties are be­com­ing stronger and ex­pand­ing day by day. Our re­la­tions cover po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, com­mer­cial, trans­port and hu­man­i­tar­ian spheres, and we are ob­serv­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults in all di­rec­tions. Our coun­tries also sup­port each other in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, and this sup­port is very im­por­tant. I be­lieve that ad­di­tional steps will be taken in con­nec­tion with our ac­tiv­i­ties within the frame­work of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions in the com­ing years,” he said.

Il­ham Aliyev stressed that is­sues of re­gional se­cu­rity are of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance be­cause new risks, threats, hot­beds of con­flict and wars are emerg­ing in the present-day world.

“Azer­bai­jan has been suf­fer­ing from Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion many years. For more than 20 years, Nagorno-Karabakh, which is rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as an in­te­gral part of Azer­bai­jan, as well as seven ad­ja­cent dis­tricts, have been un­der Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion. As a re­sult of this oc­cu­pa­tion, about 20 per cent of our land is oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia. More than a mil­lion Azer­bai­ja­nis have found them­selves in the sit­u­a­tion of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons on their na­tive land. A pol­icy of eth­nic cleans­ing has been car­ried out against our peo­ple. War crimes and the Kho­jaly geno­cide have been per­pe­trated,” he said.

More than 10 coun­tries of the world of­fi­cially rec­og­nize the Kho­jaly car­nage as an act of geno­cide, ac­cord­ing to the Azer­bai­jani head of state.

“In just one night, more than 600 in­no­cent peo­ple, in­clud­ing more than 100 women and over 60 chil­dren, were bru­tally killed by the Ar­me­ni­ans. More than a thou­sand peo­ple went miss­ing. Noth­ing is known about their fate. Ar­me­nia has de­stroyed all our his­tor­i­cal and re­li­gious mon­u­ments on the oc­cu­pied lands. The mosques, graves of our an­ces­tors and ma­te­rial re­sources have been plun­dered by Ar­me­nia. This is a war crime, and the per­pe­tra­tors of this crime must be and are be­ing held ac­count­able. It is no co­in­ci­dence that the crim­i­nal regime which ruled Ar­me­nia for more than 20 years has col­lapsed, and the Ar­me­nian peo­ple to­day are say­ing what we have been say­ing all along. We do hope that the new lead­ers of Ar­me­nia take a con­struc­tive po­si­tion in con­nec­tion with the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, our lands are soon lib­er­ated from oc­cu­pa­tion, the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan is re­stored, and peace and co­op­er­a­tion are es­tab­lished in the re­gion,” he noted.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev also said that all in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions rec­og­nize the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan, adding that the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the world's high­est body, has adopted four res­o­lu­tions in con­nec­tion with the con­flict.

“Th­ese res­o­lu­tions con­tain ex­plicit pro­vi­sions re­gard­ing im­me­di­ate and un­con­di­tional with­drawal of the Ar­me­nian armed forces from the ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan. Of course, the con­flict must be re­solved on the ba­sis of th­ese prin­ci­ples. Other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the OSCE, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, the Non-Aligned Move­ment, the Coun­cil of Europe and the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, have adopted sim­i­lar de­ci­sions and res­o­lu­tions. This is the le­gal frame­work for re­solv­ing the con­flict,” he said.

Say­ing that the topic of to­day's sum­mit is re­lated to sports, Pres­i­dent Aliyev noted that Azer­bai­jan pays much at­ten­tion to sports.

“The de­vel­op­ment of sports is a state pol­icy in Azer­bai­jan. Our coun­try has hosted sev­eral pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. Among them I want to high­light the First Euro­pean Games. Un­like other con­ti­nen­tal games, Euro­pean games had never been held be­fore. The Games were held in Baku for the first time three years ago. Th­ese Games were joined by more than 5,000 ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing all Euro­pean coun­tries. Azer­bai­jan showed great re­sults in the Games and fin­ished in sec­ond place among teams. Two years later, in 2017, the Fourth Games of Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity were or­ga­nized in Baku. Azer­bai­jani ath­letes fin­ished the Games in first place. The fact that both Euro­pean and Is­lamic games were held in one city in a mat­ter of two years was fur­ther ev­i­dence of Azer­bai­jan's con­tri­bu­tion to in­tereth­nic and in­ter­re­li­gious mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. Azer­bai­jani ath­letes are show­ing good re­sults in Olympic Games as well. In the lat­est Sum­mer Olympic Games, Azer­bai­jan fin­ished in 14th place in terms of the num­ber of medals, and this is a his­toric achieve­ment for our coun­try,” he said.

Touch­ing upon hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues, Il­ham Aliyev praised the ac­tiv­i­ties of TURKSOY and the Fund for Tur­kic Cul­ture and Her­itage, adding that Azer­bai­jan takes an ac­tive part in both or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He went on to say that in the cur­rent con­di­tions, eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion should be deep­ened.

“In par­tic­u­lar, it is nec­es­sary to take ad­di­tional steps to in­crease the turnover be­tween our coun­tries, and I think that in­vest­ment projects play a spe­cial role in that. New mech­a­nisms must be de­vel­oped to en­cour­age mu­tual in­vest­ment,” Pres­i­dent Aliyev said.

Azer­bai­jan in­vests heav­ily in fra­ter­nal coun­tries, first of all, in Tur­key, ac­cord­ing to the Azer­bai­jani head of state.

“In re­cent years, a to­tal of 14 bil­lion dol­lars have been in­vested in Tur­key's econ­omy and Tur­key has in­vested about as much in Azer­bai­jan. The vol­ume of our in­vest­ments in Tur­key will reach 20 bil­lion dol­lars in the com­ing years. This re­flects our friend­ship and brother­hood, and also demon­strates the large eco­nomic po­ten­tial of Tur­key,” he said.

In gen­eral, by in­vest­ing in fra­ter­nal coun­tries, we are also se­cur­ing our eco­nomic in­ter­ests and cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties in th­ese coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“Azer­bai­jan also has a won­der­ful in­vest­ment cli­mate and mu­tual in­vest­ment will fur­ther strengthen our unity.

Il­ham Aliyev re­called that such a grandiose in­fra­struc­ture project as the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars rail­way has been op­er­at­ing since Oc­to­ber last year.

“Azer­bai­jan has also done its best to ac­cept in­vest­ments from fra­ter­nal coun­tries. Azer­bai­jan also has a won­der­ful in­vest­ment cli­mate, and mu­tual in­vest­ment will fur­ther strengthen our unity, es­pe­cially if we con­sider that such an im­mense in­fra­struc­ture project as the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars rail­way has been in op­er­a­tion since Oc­to­ber last year. This line con­nects Asia with Europe, so the vol­ume of freight traf­fic is grow­ing and should con­tinue to grow. This is a new trans­port cor­ri­dor, a new trans­port artery. By im­ple­ment­ing this project together with fra­ter­nal and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, Azer­bai­jan is re­draw­ing the trans­port map of Eura­sia. Con­sid­er­ing the fact that this is a very fa­vor­able route from the trans­port point of view, I am urg­ing all friendly coun­tries to take ad­van­tage of this rail­way, in­clud­ing Euro­pean coun­tries, Hun­gary, Uzbek­istan and Kyr­gyzs­tan. Kaza­khstan, Tur­key and Azer­bai­jan are al­ready us­ing this rail­way,” he added.

In his speech, Kazakh Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev noted that dur­ing the pe­riod that passed after the As­tana sum­mit, which took place in 2015, the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Tur­kic-speak­ing states has de­vel­oped even more, ties in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial and other spheres have strength­ened.

Nazarbayev also high­lighted Kaza­khstan’s achieve­ments as chair of the Tur­kic Coun­cil.

Pres­i­dent of Tur­key Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, in turn, noted that the Tur­kic Coun­cil, the ba­sis of which was laid down in 2009 at the Nakhchivan sum­mit, for the past pe­riod has de­vel­oped rapidly and turned into a strong struc­ture.

Speak­ing of the de­vel­op­ment of trans­port cor­ri­dors, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan stressed the im­por­tance of the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars rail­way, said that it also serves to bring our peo­ples closer.

The Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars (BTK) rail­way, which was built jointly with Azer­bai­jan, is a mod­ern Silk Road, he noted.

Er­do­gan noted that this is one of the most im­por­tant trans­port projects that will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

“Thanks to the joint project with Azer­bai­jan, un­in­ter­rupted trans­porta­tion of goods from China to Europe be­came pos­si­ble,” Er­do­gan said.

“We at­tach great im­por­tance to the de­vel­op­ment of ties in the field of en­ergy. The projects of the BakuT­bil­isi-Cey­han crude oil pipe­line and the Baku-Tbil­isi-Erzu­rum nat­u­ral gas pipe­line are the most im­por­tant re­sult of this co­op­er­a­tion. In June, we com­mis­sioned TANAP, which is the core of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor,” he said. He also re­called the sign­ing of the Con­ven­tion on the sta­tus of the Caspian Sea.

Not­ing the im­por­tance of Tur­key’s and other coun­tries’ sup­port in restor­ing the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan, the Pres­i­dent of Tur­key said that each is­sue re­lated to peace and sta­bil­ity should be in the cen­ter of at­ten­tion.

“From this point of view, we will con­tinue our ef­forts to re­solve the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict within the frame­work of the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan.

At the end of the sum­mit, the four mem­ber na­tions adopted the con­cept of in­te­gra­tion of Tur­kic Speak­ing States, a joint state­ment of the CCTS heads of state on de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in the field of na­tional sports and youth pol­icy and a joint state­ment on the 90th an­niver­sary of Chin­giz Ait­ma­tov, the late Kyr­gyz writer who is deeply re­spected not only in Kyr­gyzs­tan and Kaza­khstan, but well beyond their bor­ders. They also signed the Dec­la­ra­tion of the Sixth Sum­mit of the CCTS and granted Hun­gary ob­server sta­tus. It was also de­cided to hold next sum­mit in Azer­bai­jan in 2019.

As part of his visit to Kyr­gyzs­tan, on the side­lines of the sum­mit, Il­ham Aliyev also met with Kyr­gyz Pres­i­dent Sooron­bay Jeen­bekov.

“We at­tach great im­por­tance to co­op­er­a­tion with Kyr­gyzs­tan. We in­tend to in­crease co­op­er­a­tion in all ar­eas - both in po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic spheres. There are good prospects for co­op­er­a­tion in the trans­port sec­tor,” Pres­i­dent Aliyev said at the meet­ing.

The Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil of Tur­kic Speak­ing States (Tur­kic Coun­cil) was es­tab­lished on Oc­to­ber 3, 2009, a date marked as the Tur­kic Speak­ing States Co­op­er­a­tion Day, with the over­ar­ch­ing aim of pro­mot­ing com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion among Tur­kic Speak­ing States. Its four found­ing mem­ber states are Azer­bai­jan, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan and Tur­key.

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