Alİ Hasanov: We could have lİberated our lands İn a month
APA. Final session of the 4th Congress of World Azerbaijanis was held on June 4.
The agenda of the session included discussions of information of Editorial Commission, Congress documents and new composition of the World Azerbaijanis Coordination Council.
Azerbaijani president's aide for public and political affairs Ali Hasanov said diaspora activity comes from the heart basing on commitment to the homeland. “Every Azerbaijani taking part in diaspora formation loves his/her homeland, lives with its problems. The idea of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis was put forward by ideologists of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic - Ali bey Huseynzade, Mammad Amin Rasulzade and others, but they couldn’t complete it,” he said.
Hasanov noted that after returning to power, Heydar Aliyev raised the idea of solidarity of Azerbaijanis again. “The idea of Azerbaijanism became an ideology - basis of today's state policy. Heydar Aliyev brought up the idea of holding the Congress of World Azerbaijanis and we worked 3 years for the first congress. We were trying to achieve coordination of our diaspora. Some states thought that the solidarity of Azerbaijanis would become a threat to their territorial integrity. Heydar Aliyev revealed that the Azerbaijanis living in Iran, Russia and Central Asia can promote Azerbaijan, support the homeland after becoming the worthy citizens of those countries. Azerbaijanis are gathered together to promote multicultural traditions in those countries. These Azerbaijanis can serve both in the countries they live and in Azerbaijan. They can be represented in the legislative and executive bodies of those countries, work for their prosperity and contribute to the success of Azerbaijan. By the way, our difference is that we respect religions, languages and cultures of other countries, while Western countries show tolerance towards them. This is the best form of coexistence. We want to give this message to the world at this congress,” he said.
Hasanov stressed that the World Azerbaijanis must firstly achieve unity among themselves. “If we fail to achieve unity of diaspora organizations abroad, we should achieve normal cooperation and solidarity in national issues. The message of the head of state was about it. Thus, we can achieve restoration of the violated rights of our compatriots abroad, holding events on protection of our national interests. We could have liberated our lands in a month, but were prevented. Unfortunately, there is a mechanism for such prevention in the modern world. Therefore, access to global information space and creation of virtual media are important. The President paid special attention to this issue in his speech,” said president’s aide.
He said it is time to establish World Azerbaijanis Business Association and hold its conference in Baku this year. “There are Azerbaijani businessmen who are able to finance election campaign of parliamentarians abroad,” he noted.
“It is important for Azerbaijani families, living abroad to travel to Azerbaijan for recreation. “I am proud of being an Azerbaijani” should be a slogan of our compatriots. Embassies and the State Committee for Work with Diaspora should ensure the coordination of Azerbaijani diaspora,” president’s aide noted.
Chairman of Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora Nazim Ibrahimov said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev delivered a historical speech in the opening of the congress. He said unlike previous congresses, all conditions were created at this congress for speeches, discussions and proposals of the participants. "Congress documents will be adopted, composition of the World Azerbaijanis Coordination Council established at the first congress will be renewed,” he added.
Head of history department of the Literature Faculty of Turkey’s Giresun University Aygun Attar said she is proud of being an Azerbaijani.
MP Elman Nasirov said new situation emerged after Azerbaijan’s ensuring superiority over Armenia on the contact line after April clashes, it is important to be more active in information war. “Diaspora must be active in this field. A special center should be established for the coordination of activities in the field of information,” he noted.
The appeal of the 4th Congress of World Azerbaijanis to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was adopted. The appeal says that Azerbaijani Diaspora resorted to offensive tactics to prevent anti-Azerbaijani propaganda, common strategy was chosen for more organized coordination of the activities, important meetings and forums were held since the last congress. It says Azerbaijan has become a leading state in the region. Congress representatives expressed their joy over combat readiness of the Azerbaijani army that prevented military provocations of the Armenians early in April. “Each of us wishes for victory, returning Karabakh and liberation of our lands. We are re-expressing our support to you in this direction. We assure you that we will further mobilize all our means and abilities to bring to the world community the realities of Azerbaijan, preserve and promote our national and cultural heritage, achieve more organized activity of the World Azerbaijanis to meet national interests of the homeland,” reads the appeal.
Then, the new composition of the World Azerbaijanis Coordination Council was selected under the chairmanship of president Ilham Aliyev.