President Aliyev: Azerbaijan immediately condemned German parliament’s unfair, biased resolution (UPDATE-2)

Politics Materials 3 June 2016 20:54 (UTC +04:00)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 3

Azerbaijan immediately condemned the German parliament's unfair and biased resolution, which is based on historical lie, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

He made the remarks while making a press statement jointly with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Baku June 3.

"Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry had issued a statement, and today, I, as the country's president, once again condemn that provocation built on lies. That is an injustice, double standards and distortion of history," said President Aliyev.

President Aliyev reminded that the fourth Congress of World Azerbaijanis is being held in Baku June 3.

"The heads of all our diaspora organizations are in Baku today and all our diaspora organizations have been instructed to be constantly close to Turkish diaspora organizations and carry out joint rallies, demonstrations and express protests," the president said.

"We must demonstrate our unity both in the region and abroad," the president said.

"Of course, this unfair decision, made by the German parliament, is a political order," President Aliyev stressed. "Everyone knows that this decision was made on the basis of a big lie, big Armenian lie. Why was this decision made yesterday? Of course, this decision has political
aspects, they play a major role."

The president stressed that most likely, the concerned sides want to force Turkey to do something, probably impact Turkey's independent policy.

"The Armenian issue is just an excuse, it has become, once again, a tool of big countries," he said.

The president further said that Azerbaijan has faced a similar situation. The German parliament adopted a very unfair resolution against Azerbaijan, based on a lie on June 12, 2015 as if human rights, democracy, etc. are violated in Azerbaijan," the president said.

"First, it is a lie," the president said. "The democracy is developing and all kinds of freedom are ensured in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has freedom of speech, freedom of press, free Internet. Some 75 percent of the population uses the Internet."

"How can the freedom of speech be suppressed in the country with free internet? There is freedom of assembly in Azerbaijan. We see the atrocities being committed in some European countries against the peaceful demonstrators. We see how they are beaten, abused and insulted.
This is democracy?"

"But people live in Azerbaijan comfortably, in terms of peace, tranquility, freedom, and this, as it turns out, is not democracy," said the president.

"Why am I saying this? The first ever European Games took place in Baku on June 12 last year. The German parliament passed the resolution against Azerbaijan on the opening day of the European Games - June 12."

The president further said that by doing so, the concerned sides wanted to insult, denigrate and slander Azerbaijan. Speaking about the resolution on the "Armenian genocide", Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan didn't pay attention to it.

"I am sure that Turkey and the Turkish people will not pay attention to it either," he said. "This resolution makes no sense. It is just a political order, and those who adopted the resolution made a big mistake, both historical and political."

President Aliyev went on to add that Azerbaijan is by Turkey's side, as always.

"We will further strengthen our unity," the president said. "These provocations against our countries once again testify that only together we can become stronger. Today, the Azerbaijan-Turkey unity is a factor not only in the region, but in the world as well."

"No one can deny this factor. We are uniting our power, we realize joint projects. We have once again discussed all current joint projects with the Turkish prime minister today," President Aliyev said.

President Ilham Aliyev recalled that Azerbaijan and Turkey started to build the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway when Prime Minister Yildirim was the transport minister, and he applied great efforts for the construction of this road. It will be commissioned in the near future," said the president.

The president added that the energy projects have turned into global ones and Azerbaijan and Turkey jointly implement them.

"Together with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, we launched the TANAP project in Istanbul in 2012," the president said. "If we had not taken this responsibility, the issues of energy security would have been up for a debate. We've taken on both political and economic
responsibility and financial commitments as well."

Ilham Aliyev added that the Southern Gas Corridor project worth $45 billion is being implemented.

"This will further unite us, bring stability to the region," the president said, adding that the regional countries will maintain closer relations with each other.

"In short, our current projects make us stronger and confirm the reliability of the region and its readiness for cooperation and partnership."

"In the future, we will strengthen our unity," the president said.

"Today, Turkey is a powerful country worldwide. Turkey is a G-20 member and despite crises is developing and becoming stronger."

The president stressed that Turkey's strength is also Azerbaijan's strength.

"We are pleased with Turkey's success as our own," the president said.
"I am sure that today's visit, meetings, discussions will create excellent conditions for the coming years."