Azerbaijan launches int'l contest dedicated to Shusha (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 8 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
The Azerbaijani Presidential Science Development Fund has held on Tuesday a presentation of an international contest to provide grants in the humanities and social sciences in 2012.
Speaking at the "Shusha Grant" event, the chairman of the Public Association "Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh", Bayram Safarov, reminded that 20 years ago Armenians occupied Shusha.
Referring to the importance of "Shusha Grant" contest, Safarov said that the contest should have been held a long time ago.
"Shusha residents really need this contest," the head of the community said.
Executive Director of Science Development Fund Elchin Babayev said that it's no accident that the contest was announced today.
"Today is the 20th anniversary of occupation of Shusha. Through this contest we will inform the world about the Armenian aggression, we will extend the full and objective information about the history, ethnography, archeology of Shusha, its intangible and cultural monuments. Best projects will be supported, activities will be organised in Azerbaijan and abroad related to the history of Karabakh and Shusha, studies will be conducted, books published," Babayev said.
The total project cost is 150,000 manat, Babayev said.
"During the selection preference will be given to projects submitted in the framework of international cooperation. The contest is announced today, on May, 8 and on May 10 application process will start. Of particular importance is the fact that the contest is declared in the building of the executive power of Shusha," Babayev noted.
MP Elman Mammadov, who was elected from the Nagorno-Karabakh, said the announcement of "Shusha Grant" is the biggest contribution of the President of Azerbaijan to history of Karabakh. "It will be one of the factors that approximate Azerbaijan to the victory in Nagorno-Karabakh," the MP said.