Baku, Azerbaijan, December 12
History recognizes Heydar Aliyev as a bright personality, whose light today illuminates the development of modern Azerbaijan.
The role and importance of the national leader, one of the most respected politicians of the entire Turkic world, are so great that his path of life, managerial philosophy, level of competence and influence will be studied for a long time by historians.
Heydar Aliyev played a unique role in the history of the Azerbaijani people and the revival of the country. He made a valuable contribution to the development of his people and his country.
Heydar Aliyev is the pride of the nation. Remarkable achievements of the country, its high international prestige, stable and sustainable development are all connected with the name of this great political leader and his wise strategy.
The phenomenal personality of the national leader played a key role in the historical accomplishments of modern Azerbaijan. His invaluable achievements enabled the young state to stand on feet and to enter into the 21st century as an independent country. Thanks to his great leadership skills, the main constitutional political institutions were formed in the country.
A 35-year history of Azerbaijan, covering the period from the late 1960s to the beginning of the 21st century is associated with the name of Heydar Aliyev.
His charismatic leadership, firm will, political foresight, managerial talent, leadership and global outlook most clearly manifested themselfes in the early 1990s - during the struggle of Azerbaijan for independence and national statehood. During the period when the Azerbaijani people stood face-to-face with serious and fatal problems, Heydar Aliyev undertook a mission to save the nation from the threat of destruction. So, his historical merits in preserving the independent statehood and national unity of Azerbaijan are unprecedented.
He managed to inspire the nation, withdraw it from the crisis, and ultimately turn Azerbaijan into a stable and rapidly developing country.
Heydar Aliyev came to power twice in a very complicated times, and both times convinced people to believe in themselves and unite in the name of solidarity.
“Modernization” can be the most accurate word to describe his activity. Deep modernization of the republic began namely during Heydar Aliyev's leadership in Azerbaijan in the Soviet period. During the Soviet era, he managed to conserve spiritual and cultural values and was an example of how carefully the people should treat their spiritual wealth.
In 1993 Heydar Aliyev was back to state power in Azerbaijan -- this time at the insistent call of people. The Western press wrote then: “Azerbaijan is in such a difficult situation that even such an experienced politician as Heydar Aliyev is unlikely to be able to help the country.” But he surprised everyone. Azerbaijan became the center of attention of the leading powers.
A real politician and a true statesman could explain people that no one but the nation itself will answer the question of what the future of Azerbaijan is, and how to boost the economy and culture.
Heydar Aliyev’s multi-vector policy became a state strategy, which brought prosperity and stability to the country. Along with achieving a political stability in Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev laid the foundations for the economic independence of the country.
“Contract of the Century” signed with the Western oil companies in Baku on September 20, 1994 was of vital importance for Azerbaijan and played a crucial role in the establishment of internal stability in the country, and achievement of success in foreign policy.
Moreover, Heydar Aliyev initiated the development of a new Constitution, which was adopted in 1995. "We need to develop and adopt a constitution, so that it would become a historical document, the Basic Law, providing for a long period of stable existence of Azerbaijan on the basis of democratic principles," Aliyev said.
Political activity of the great leader Heydar Aliyev is an honorable page of national history and the way of life he passed represents criterion of love and devotion to his native land.
December 12 sees the 14th death anniversary of Azerbaijan’s national leader Heydar Aliyev.
On this day the people of Azerbaijan pay tribute to the loving memory of Heydar Aliyev, the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, wise leader and genius personality.