Yesterday, 18 October, Azerbaijan celebrated its State Independence Day. On this occasion, the Embassy of that country has issued the following communiqué:
“On October 18, Azerbaijan celebrates State Independence Day. On that day in 1991, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan adopted the Constitutional Act on State Independence.
In the early years of its independence, Azerbaijan faced many challenges. With the crisis of Government, in the years 1991-1993, the danger of civil war arose in Azerbaijan. Taking advantage of the situation, neighbouring Armenia tried to divide the country and rob it of its independence. As a result of military aggression and the policy of ethnic cleansing against the Azerbaijani people, the Armenian armed forces occupied 20 per cent of the indigenous territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan – the Nagorny Karabakh Region and seven adjacent districts – and more than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons.
In this crucial period, at the request of the Azerbaijani people, the National Leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, returned to power in June 1993. Under his leadership, marked by its political experience and great patriotism, the Republic of Azerbaijan managed to make its independence permanent and irreversible, and in a short period of time, Azerbaijan achieved political and economic stability and became an active member of prestigious international organizations.
Today, the political leadership of the National Leader, aimed at preserving and strengthening Azerbaijan’s independence, is successfully continued by his worthy successor, the current president, Ilham Aliyev. Under his leadership, the Republic is making progress in all fields and has established itself as a country that initiates regional and international economic and logistical projects.”