Russia, Moscow / corr. Trend R.Agayev / "The Armenian State and diasporas conduct ideological war against Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis all over the world, as well as in Russia. It may be explained as unbridled theft by the Armenians, of rich historical and cultural heritage of the Azeri people, including national music, cuisine, works of art and many other things,. Fabricating the history and culture is the key direction of Armenians' activities," the Minister of Culture
In addition, he said that the aggressive military action of the Armenians in the territories of Azerbaijan against the Azerbaijanis have now transferred to ideological war and therefore the Armenian diasporas carry out active anti-Azerbaijani activities all over the world. " Azerbaijan needs time to prove that the military actions between Azerbaijan and Armenia have not occurred in just one centimeter of the Armenian territories. The military actions have happened in the territories of Azerbaijan and as a result, the Azerbaijan land has been captured.
At present, the policy of appropriating the music, national cuisine, national culture, works of the Azerbaijani composers and painters, etc. is a continuous ideological fight. We need to become more active, but the media should also do more. Music DVDs are already issued, but this should be disseminated by individual persons. We have not had the opportunity to issue large numbers of DVDs to be spread worldwide. The reality of the situation needs to be publicized. We invite foreign media representatives to Azerbaijan. At the moment, the media representatives of France are in Azerbaijan and the journalists from Germany will visit in the near future. We do not support falsification, we support the truth. But everyone inaccurately blames the State, the Azerbaijani diasporas should also be active everywhere, especially in Russia. It needs to uphold its ideological fight on all fronts," the Minister said.
Garayev stressed that a monument has been erected in Yerevan for the musical instrument of Azerbaijan (balaban) and the measures to propagate the culture of Azerbaijan are response measures. "The activities of Armenia in the sphere of culture are the open continuation of the occupant policy of Armenia state and the saturated idea "Great Armenia from sea to sea". Recently the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, stated that the present territories of Armenia are the old lands of Azerbaijan (Irevan khanate). 180 years ago we sheltered Armenians in the territories of Azerbaijan and in response we have received aggression from them. This year we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Irevan Theatre which testifies that 70% of the population of Armenia were Azerbaijanis at that time and that the Azerbaijanis have created this theatre. Therefore, it does not need to be surprised at the tricks of the Armenians, but to be more active and participate in all measures," the Minister underlined.
Speaking about the results of his visit to Moscow, Garayev said that he held a number of useful meetings with the Culture Minister of Russia, Alexander Sokolov, Head of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, Mikhail Shvidkim, Head of the Agency's Moscow Department, Khudyakov. Garayev stressed that he has been invited to attend the jubilee of Mistislav Rastrapovich who will be honored with the presence of the Azerbaijan President, Ilham Aliyev. In addition, Garayev said that the Year of Russia successfully took place in Azerbaijan. He said that the Year of Azerbaijan will take place in 2008 in Germany.
"In April the Culture Days of Azerbaijan will be held in Moscow, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Saint-Petersburg, Krasnodar and other cities of Russia. We have discussed two projects on joint movies and the cinematographers of Azerbaijan will be represented at the International Cinematographic Film Festival in Moscow. In addition, a very important agreement has been reached with regards to bibliography and museum work. Moreover, preparation is made for the cultural conference which will take place in Baku. We have reached an agreement on a State student exchange between Azerbaijan and Russia," Garayev said.
Garayev underlined that he attended two tourism exhibitions in Moscow and held productive talks with the heads of four large tourism companies in Russia.
The Minister said that the Culture Days of Azerbaijan will be held in Moscow between 16 and 19 April and Culture Days of Moscow in Azerbaijan in September.
Attending the conference, the Department Chief of Federal Agency for Culture Azerbaijan is the closet spiritual colleague of Russia," she said.