These days Azerbaijan commemorates the twenty second anniversary of atrocious crimes committed against the civilians of the town of Khojaly, situated in the Nagorno Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On the night of 25 and 26 February 1992, the armed forces of Armenia, with the support of irregular armed bands and terrorist groups, as well as with the direct participation of the infantry guards regiment No. 366 of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the personnel of which was composed mainly of ethnic Armenians, seized Khojaly.
The capture of the town involved the extermination of hundreds of Azerbaijanis, including women, children and elderly, while the town was razed to the ground. As a result, 613 civilians were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly. Another 1,000 people were wounded and 1,275 taken hostage. To this day, 150 people from Khojaly remain missing.
The level of cruelty in Khojaly is shocking: atrocities included scalping, beheading, bayoneting of pregnant women and mutilation of bodies.
The facts confirm that the intentional slaughter of the Khojaly town civilians was directed at their mass extermination only because they were Azerbaijanis. Indeed, Khojaly was a continuation of the ethnic cleansing and genocide policy being carried by the Armenian chauvinist-nationalists against the Azerbaijanis approximately during two hundred years.
Regretfully perpetrators of the Khojaly genocide have yet to be brought to justice. However some Western media, including Newsweek, The Independent, The New York Times and human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Memorial conveyed what happened in Khojaly to the attention of wider international community.
Russian human rights group “Memorial” reported about “scores of the corpses bore traces of profanation. Doctors on a hospital train in Aghdam noted no less than four corpses that had been scalped and one that had been beheaded....... and one case of live scalping.”
The New York Times wrote about “truckloads of bodies'' and described acts of “scalping.”
The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan (in 1992 a warlord) in his interview to British journalist Tomas De Waal said that “We don't speak loudly about these things. Before Khojaly, the Azerbaijanis thought that they were joking with us, they thought that the Armenians were people who could not raise hand against the civilian population. We were able to break that [stereotype]”. No comments.
The overall assessment of the causes and consequences of the war unleashed by Armenia against Azerbaijan makes it absolutely clear that the intentional slaughter of the Khojaly town civilians and defenders was not an isolated or sporadic act, but was part of Armenia's systematic policy and practice of atrocities, at the core of which are odious ideas of racial superiority, ethnic differentiation and hatred.
Recognition of the Khojaly massacre as a crime against humanity is a debt owed to the memory of those perished, and a necessity for avoiding such barbarous acts against the humanity in future.
More detailed information, including photo and video materials about the Khojaly genocide can be obtained from the following web-site:www.justiceforkhojaly.org
On February 7, 2014, the representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia and the Azerbaijan Culture Centre in Serbia visited Zajecar and paid tribute to the memories of fighters for liberation of Serbia
There is a fraternal grave of officers and soldiers fallen in the battles of 1944 against fascists in the course of the WWII in Zajecar. The Azerbaijanis who fell in battles for liberation of Serbia also rest in this grave. The representatives of the Embassy of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijan Culture Centre, Serbia-Azerbaijan Chamber of Trade and Azerbaijani Diaspora in Serbia on a regular basis visit the fraternal grave and honor the memory of those departed. It is highly esteemed in Serbia that Azerbaijanis made sacrifice their live for the freedom of this country.
On February 7, 2014 the representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia and the Azerbaijan Culture Centre in Serbia traveled to Zajecar and visited the fraternal grave and paid tribute to the memory of fighters for liberation of Serbia.
On January 25, 2014 representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia participated at the event organized by the Union of Writers of the Republic of Serbia on the occasion of the Serbian Saint Sava.
The event was marked by recitation of various literary works, performance of music and presentation of awards to those who closely cooperated with and supported the Union of Writers of the Republic of Serbia. In this regards, “Blagodarye” (in the Old Serbian language means giving heartfelt thanks) award was presented to Mr. Eldar Hasanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia, for his close cooperation with and permanent support to the activities the Union of Writers of the Republic of Serbia.
On January 20, 2014 at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia was commemorated the 24th anniversary of Bloody January tragedy.
At the beginning the participants got acquainted with the photo stand about tragedy on January 20, and hold a moment of silence on the memory of Martyrs.
Ambassador highlighted the events that happened in January 20, 1990 when the Soviet troops stormed Baku to commit a massacre against civilian Azerbaijanis, who were protesting in the streets for the independence and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Soviet army began to open fire on protesters at will, crushed with tanks, and arrested hundreds of people for imprisonment and torture. Participants mentioned that this day is one of the most tragic days in modern history of the country, but at the same time heroic one well. This helped independence wish of Azerbaijanis came true. It weakened the Soviet rule in Azerbaijan and led to the regaining of independence of Azerbaijan in October 18, 1991.
At the end the participants of the event watched a documentary video reflecting the horrors of Black January tragedy.
The President of Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Milorad Dodik handed the award to the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Eldar Hasanov.
On January 8, 2014, the President of Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Milorad Dodik handed the award “Medal flag with silver wreath” to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Eldar Hasanov.
“The Serbian Republic is undoubtedly a peaceful community, dedicated to its democratic, civilian and social development”, said Mr. Dodik on the occasion of presenting the medals to the most honored persons and institutions. Mr. Dodik announced that he was especially glad that Ambassador E. Hasanov was awarded with the Medal, because he considers, that the Ambassador had made a special contribution to the understanding and development of bilateral cooperation.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr.Hasanov has announced that the Medal awarded to him represents the award for mutual relations between the Serbian Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and his country, as well as for the cooperation that will continue to grow, especially in economical, social, and cultural field.
Mr. Eldar Hasanov has also pointed out the importance of strengthening multilateral cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
10-th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev`s death marked in Belgrade
On December 12, 2013 was held 10th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev`s death in Tasmajdan Park, renewed with help of Azerbaijan donation and flowers were laid by his monument. The ceremony was attended by Azerbaijan embassy representatives, state representatives of Serbia, members of Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Belgrade and Serbian-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of Azerbaijani community here in Serbia.
In front of the present parties at the gathering, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Serbia Eldar Hasanov spoke about national leader Heydar Aliyev`s lifetime and rich political activities, as well as his role in development of modern Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan had a meeting with Mr.Minister Rodić
On November 1, 2013 Minister of Defence of Serbia Nebojša Rodić and the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Eldar Hasanov had a meeting and talked about enhancing the defence cooperation.
Ambassador E.Hasanov pointed out that the meeting is a continuation of good relations between the two ministries which should be rounded by signing the Agreement on Cooperation and a ministerial visit in the near future. The quality and efficacy of all the measures taken in the field of military economic cooperation were highlighted as well as the opening of the perspective for improving the other forms of cooperation.
The common values of neutral policies of the states and perspectives for further promotion of relationship were confirmed.
The steadfast viewpoint regarding the issue of unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo was appreciated as well as the cooperation in efficient investments and commerce.
New offices for Azerbaijani Culture Center in Belgrade and Serbian-Azerbaijani
Chamber of Commerce open their doors
On December 20, 2013 the new offices for the Azerbaijani Culture Center in
Belgrade and Serbian-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce have been opened with
the support of the Azerbaijani embassy in Serbia.
The event was attended by Serbian state officials, MPs, as well as representatives
of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Cultural Center of Belgrade, public
figures and journalists.
A memorandum of cooperation was signed between Belgrade`s and Azerbaijani
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Eldar Hasanov hailed opening of
the new offices, saying “they will enhance cooperation between the two nations.”
Ambassador Hasanov noted Azerbaijan and Serbia must be proud of their cultural
heritage as they have such world renowned writers as Nizami Ganjavi, Ivo Andric,
Muhammad Fuzuli and Milorad Pavic.
The Ambassador congratulated the participants on the occasion of the 31st of
December - Solidarity Day of the World Azerbaijanis and the New Year Holiday.
Hasanov also noted that the political course established by great leader Heydar
Aliyev is successfully pursued by his worthy successor President Ilham Aliyev.
According to him, the deliberate economic policy enabled the country to develop
and improve the welfare of people.
Mia David, the director of Belgrade Cultural Centre, expressed her deep gratitude
to the Azerbaijani State and government for the humanitarian projects carried out
in Serbia, as well as reconstruction and renovation of the Serbian people`s popular
leisure place - Tashmaydan Park, as well as renovation of the “Bajrakli Mosque”
and Orthodox Christian church in Novi Sad.
Head of the Azerbaijani Culture Center, Prof. Zarifa Alizade informed the guests
about cultural and humanitarian events being implemented by the institution.
President of the Serbian–Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce Miroslav Crnogorac
stressed that both countries are successfully developing relations in trade. He
added that joint commission, business forums play an important role in increasing
trade turnover between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
The event was continued with demonstration of a piece in Serbian language from
the Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov`s Seven Beauties.
October 14, 2013: Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov, the Minister of Construction and Urbanization of the Republic of Serbia Velimir Ilic and the Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Serbia Predrag Mikic have visited the route Lig – Prelina, Corridor 11, to review the works, that have been completed, on the spot. The main contractor of the project is Azerbaijani construction company “AzVirt“.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan together with the Minister Ilic, representatives of “Azvirt” and local companies “Planum” and “Energoprojekt” visited the village Dici, where the traffic already goes from the Ibarska highway by viaduct over the road and a half of the first kilometer of the highway is almost finished with asphalt covering in full profile as well as a tunnel ”Sharani“, close to Takovo. The tunnel “Sharani“ is about 900 meters long and there are the first 240 meters of tunnels already finished in both pipes.
The scope of works on the highway Lig – Prelina, funded by Azerbaijani loan of 300 million Euros, goes in accordance with the schedule so far and has even advanced about seven percents over the planned schedule.
The construction of the Corridor 11 has the full support of the President Tomislav Nikolic, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and the Vice President Alexander Vucic – said the Minister V. Ilic. According to him, the construction of the highway from Belgrade to the border with Montenegro is the largest construction site in South-Eastern Europe, in the area of road construction. He noted that the construction of the highway to Montenegro, from Lig to Prelina, which is 41 km, should be a construction model for other highways in Serbia. Serbian and Azerbaijani construction companies could also act together on third markets - said Ilic.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan Eldar Hasanov said that the project is being well implemented and that Serbia and Azerbaijan are strategic partners and the two friendly countries, adding that 72 % of the Serbian labor force is involved in the construction of the highway, despite the fact that the agreement stipulated that the share would not exceed 49% and 51% of Azerbaijani companies. Ambassador Hasanov said that all building materials, used in the construction of the highway, are from Serbian suppliers. The Ambassador Hasanov stressed that Azerbaijani company “Azvirt” will use modern technology for a modern construction and that the completion of the works to be expected before the agreed period.
On October 3, 2013 the Ambassador Eldar Hasanov met with the Minister of Transport Alexander Antic and talked about the continuation of the successful economic cooperation between the two countries.
At this meeting, it was noted that Azerbaijanis work well on Corridor 11 in Serbia. “With pleasure I wish to express my great satisfaction with the quality, dynamics and respecting the terms by your company AzVirt, which is involved in the construction of Corridor 11”, Antic said.
This project, according to his words, is of great importance for Serbia and the region, because it will largely improve the quality, safety and traffic flow, as well as the flow of goods and capital.
Antic said that Serbian enterprises and companies have the quality, experience and knowledge to share with Azerbaijani company to be a significant partner in this work.
It was noted at the meeting, that Serbian economy will greatly benefit from joint projects in the field of transport infrastructure.
Minister Antic said that many activities are planned in order to fully upgrade all types of transport in Serbia, say in the Ministry.
Hasanov emphasized that together with Antic he successfully carried out the first steps of cooperation during the works on the reconstruction of the Belgrade park “Tasmajdan”.
On this occasion, Ambassador Hasanov stressed that this is an example of the quality, accuracy, and good cooperation between the two countries and it is one of the guarantors for future successful cooperation between the two countries, which is also proved by a very good cooperation in the construction of Corridor 11.
Ambassador Hasanov wished Antic a lot of success in this responsible position.
“The Ministry of Transport is a complicated and difficult area. Transport infrastructure is the backbone of the economic progress of any country”, he said.
Hasanov noted the importance of the strategic partnership on the basis of which 24agreements were signed.
Over the past year, the turnover has increased by five times and the investment has increased by three times.
Hasanov also invited the Minister of Transport to visit Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador informed the Minister of the works on Corridor 11 and stressed that Azerbaijan is interested to work in all areas of mutual interest, when it deals with transport infrastructure, roads, railways and the Danube.
Students of the Baku Choreographic School were on a visit to Serbia on 1-6 October 2013 to participate in the International Children's Festival “Joy of Europe”, held by tradition every year.
During the visit, the students and accompanying them Serbian peers from Belgrade, as well as the director of the Baku Choreographic School Nilufer Kerimov and choreographer and teacher Yusif Gasimov, together with the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia and the leaders of the Serbian-Azerbaijani Cultural Center and the Serbian-Azerbaijani Friendship Society from Belgrade , visited the park “Tasmajdan”, which was reconstructed with the financial support of Azerbaijan. They have laid flowers at the monument erected in the park to the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev and famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic, as well as at the memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. Later, with the support of the embassy, there was a reception organised at the Azerbaijan Cultural Center. The performance of Azerbaijani children at the festival was greeted with an ovation.
Chairman of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, People's writer Anar Rzayev, from 19 to 24 September 2013 paid a visit to Serbia
Chairman of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, People's writer Anar Rzayev, from 19 to 24 September 2013 on the invitation of the President of the Union of Writers of Serbia Radomir Andric , with the purpose to participate in the 50th Belgrade International Congress of Writers, paid a visit to Serbia. The opening ceremony of the congress was attended by members of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of religious communities , intellectuals and writers from more than 30 countries around the world, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Serbia, including the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov .
During the visit, A. Rzayev took part in several sessions within the framework of the Congress and together with Serbian writers visited the park Tasmajdan, which has been restored with the financial support of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. They also laid flowers at the monument erected there to the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev and famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic, as well as the memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. A. Rzayev visited the house-museum of the Nobel Prize Serbian writer Ivo Andrić and the house of Đura Jakšić, famous Serbian painter and writer, where A. Rzayev was welcomed by Serbian children dancing in traditional costumes and was given his literary portrait and a certificate of a honorary member of the Union of Writers of Serbia.
The one of the most significant events in the framework of the Congress was the signing of the Protocol on Cooperation between the Unions of Writers of Azerbaijan and Serbia.
2-8 September 2013: Тhe delegation of the Union of Organizations of Azerbaijani Students and Youth paid a visit to Serbia
2-8 September 2013: Тhe delegation of the Union of Organizations of Azerbaijani Students and Youth paid a visit to Serbia in the framework of the one week of students exchange program. During the visit, the Azerbaijani delegation met with the Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth and a variety of youth organizations in Serbia, as well as visited the city of Novi Sad. During the visit, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia, there was organized an Evening of Azerbaijan Culture for Serbian students in the Azerbaijan Culture Center in Belgrade.
September 1, 2013: An interview with the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Eldar Hasanov was published on September 1 this year, in a magazine «Cord», which has a broad mass of readers and great popularity both in Serbia and in the entire Balkan region.
This interview was published in a category «World Markets and Opportunities» in the magazine «Cord» and provides answers to questions about the Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan's relations with Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina in general, the economic development of our country, about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the presidential elections in October this year.
Full version of the magazine can be found on the following link:
Gathering organized on the 9th of August 2013 in the Association of Writers of Serbia was aimed at establishing cooperation between Association of Writers of Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Gathering organized on the 9th of August 2013 in the Association of Writers of Serbia was aimed at establishing cooperation between Association of Writers of Azerbaijan and Serbia. The event was participated by the president and members of the Board of directors of the Association of Writers of Serbia, as well as associates of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Serbia and direction of Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Belgrade. The parties were pleased to present the translation and publication of nine books written by Azerbaijani authors, in Serbian and one book by Serbian writer translated to Azerbaijani, at the initiative of and organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia, which gave emphasis to the importance of official cooperation establishment between the Association of writers of both countries and willingness to continue promoting those relations. Poems from the cycle “Colors” written by Rasul Rza were recited in Azerbaijani and Serbian.
An exhibition of Azerbaijani children's drawings "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the eyes of children" was opened in Belgrade.
An exhibition of Azerbaijani children's drawings "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the eyes of children" was opened in Belgrade. It was conducted by the Azerbaijani non-governmental organization "Help for the economic, social and spiritual development of young people", sponsored by the Youth Fund of the President of Azerbaijan and with organizational support from Azerbaijani-Romanian Chamber of Commerce.
The Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs of the Embassy Anar Adzhamov took a speech at the event and described the friendly relations between the two countries, their mutual support in the international arena, emphasizing the adoption by the Parliament of Serbia on the agenda of the draft resolution on the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Chairman of the Azerbaijani-Romanian Chamber of Commerce Shahin Nabiev highly estimated the work of youth organizations abroad, aimed at the welfare of the state and the nation, naming it the result of ongoing national youth policy, stressing that the Chamber will continue to support projects of social nature.
The opening ceremony was attended by the chairman of the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs of the Parliament of Serbia Vladimir Cvijan, other deputies, ambassadors of Indonesia and Malaysia, a number of Serbian officials, as well as employees of the Embassy of Azerbaijan, representatives of cultural organizations, the Serbian-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce, scientists, students and representatives of NGOs. The exhibition displayed paintings of children - displaced persons and students of several schools and creative centers of Azerbaijan
The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia hosted an Iftar dinner
July 17, 2013 the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade hosted an official Iftar dinner in Bayrakli Mosque to celebrate Ramadan. The event was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr. Rasim Ljajić, the Advisor to the President for Economic Affairs, Mr. Predrag Mikić, the Minister without Portfolio, Mr. Sulejman Ugljanin and other representatives of the Serbian government, members of the Serbian-Azerbaijani parliamentary friendship group of the Serbian Parliament, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of Muslim countries, members of the Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Belgrade, the Serbian-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Serbia-Azerbaijan Friendship and also Azerbaijani people, working and studying in Serbia, representatives of Azerbaijani company “Azvirt” and representatives of religious denominations and Muslim Community of Serbia.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Serbia, Mr. Eldar Hasanov greeted the guests, highlighted the importance of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims and that it is one of the most revered months in Islam. He also noted that Azerbaijan is a country where nations, peoples and religions meet and unite. In his speech, Ambassador E. Hasanov said that Azerbaijan is a multinational state, where representatives of all religions live as one family and it is one of the basic principles of the state policy of Azerbaijan. He also noted the dynamically developing cooperation in all spheres between Azerbaijan and the friendly Republic of Serbia.
At the event, reis-ul-ulema (the Grand Mufti) of the Islamic Community of Serbia Adem Zilkić also gave speech. He congratulated everybody with the holy month of Ramadan and thanked the Azerbaijani Embassy in Serbia for hosting this dinner. He also expressed his gratitude on behalf of Serbian Muslims to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, and to the Government of Azerbaijan for the implementation of humanitarian projects, in particular, for the reconstruction and renovation of the Bayraklı Mosque complex.
Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia Mrs. Alisa Maric visited Azerbaijan
On July 1-5, 2013 the Serbian delegation led by the Minister of Youth and Sport Mrs.Alisa Maric paid five-day visit to Azerbaijan, during which met with the Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr.Azad Rahimov. The discussion was focused on the improvement of bilateral cooperation between two countries.
During the visit the Serbian delegation visited the National Olympic Committee, Flag Square, Baku-2015 Athletes Village, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, a number of sports centers and old Town – Icheri Sheher.
Serbia and Azerbaijan hold consultations on consular issues on 24th of June, 2013
The first round of consultations on consular issues between the Foreign Ministries of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Azerbaijan took place in Baku on 24th of June, 2013.
The Serbian delegation was headed by Ambassador Jelko Krajinovic, assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Jasmina Klajic-Veselinovic, First Counsellor at the Department on consular issues and Milos Zatezalo, Chief of the Border Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
The Azerbaijani delegation was headed by Chief of the consulate department of the Foreign Ministry Mehriban Najafova, Head of consular and legal issues department Elshad Mejidov. The consultations were attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, border and immigration services of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Two sides were discussed the present level of bilateral cooperation in the consular sphere and project of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the exemption of a visa requirement for their respective nationals”.
A protocol of intention was signed as a result of the meeting.
Following consultations on consular issues between the Foreign Ministries of Serbia and Azerbaijan will be held in Belgrade in 2014.
The President and members of the Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) with Azerbaijan met with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia
President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Azerbaijan Vladimir Cvijan and the members of PFG met today at the National Assembly with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia H. E. Eldar Hasanov.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia H. E. Eldar Hasanov assessed that Serbia and Azerbaijan have very similar history and added that Azerbaijan will continue to provide full support to Serbia in the future. He pointed out that the visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolć to Azerbaijan was of great importance, as the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Serbia and Azerbaijan was signed during that visit. The Ambassador said that it is necessary to strengthen economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries as well as cooperation in the field of agriculture. He added that in Azerbaijan there are potential investors interested in investing in Serbia and in the privatization participation and said that Corridor 11 is a good example of the existing cooperation.
The president of the PFG with Azerbaijan Vladimir Cvijan pointed out that the group has 20 members and it is one of the indicators of attachment of Serbia to Azerbaijan. Cvijan assessed that economic cooperation is going in right direction, but it should be even better. He stressed the need to inform Serbian people about Azerbaijan to advance cooperation in all fields and expressed satisfaction with the signing of the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
Members of the PFG with Azerbaijan Srdjan Miković, Igor Bečić, Zoran Radovanović, Predrag Markovć, Emir Elfić expressed a hope that the cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture and medicine will continue to improve in the future.
The members of the PFG with Azerbaijan Enis Imamovic, Zoran Kasalovic, Zoran Pralica, Aleksandar Radojevic, Dejan Rajcic and Dragan Šormaz also attended the meeting.
June 13, 2013 The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov met with the Attorney General of the Republic of Serbia Zagorka Dolovats.
During the meeting, Ambassador E. Hasanov informed the Attorney General of transformations and democratic reforms taking place in Azerbaijan, as well as of the successful cooperation between the two countries.
Z.Dolovats noted that there have been taken strong measures to comprehensive modernization of the prosecution system of Serbia. It was also noted a comprehensive fight against corruption phenomena, which is held in Serbia.
She also noted that Serbia is interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of legal reforms and stressed the importance of cooperation between the two friendly countries.
During the meeting there was discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, including the problem of legal and judicial systems of the two countries and features of the reforms implemented in this area.
95th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijani Democratic Republic was celebrated in Serbia
Official reception was held in Belgrade- the capital of Serbia in regard to national holiday of Azerbaijan- the Day of Republic.
Referring to the information given to Trend from the Embassy, the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic and his wife Dragitsa Nikolic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and of Foreign Trade and Telecommunications Rasim Lyayic, Velimir Ilic- Minister of Construction and Urbanization, and other high-ranking state and government officials, parliamentarians, leaders of political parties, the Christian and Muslim religious leaders, public and non-governmental organizations, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Belgrade, leadership and members of Serbia-Azerbaijan Trade and Economic Chamber and Azerbaijan Cultural Center for the Balkan countries located in Belgrade and azerbaijanis living, studying and working in Serbia took part in the reception.
Following the hearings of national anthems of Azerbaijan and Serbia in the celebrations, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov delivered a speech on the significant history of 28 May, 1991, adoption of the historical “Declaration of Independence” and the establishment of the first parliamentary republic, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. He touched the long history of struggle for national liberation, and as a result of historical conditions caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union on October 18, 1991, the adoption of “Constitutional Act on State Independence" and the restoration of state independence of Azerbaijan. Ambassador stated that independent Azerbaijan is living one of the memorable and honored days of it’s history, and that it has a legacy of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan which was the first secular, legal and democratic state in the Muslim East.
Ambassador informed the guests on the achievements of the Republic of Azerbaijan upon gaining its independence. He spoke about the achievements of Heydar Aliyev- the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, prominent politician and statesmen and his role in the modern history of Azerbaijan, strengthening the statehood and his political policies based on national interests and the continuity of these independent policies by President Mr. Ilham Aliyev.
Referring to the successes achieved in the economic sphere, the Ambassador spoke about the realization of large-scale energy and transport projects in Azerbaijan. He stated that the economy of Azerbaijan is 2/3 part of the entire economy of the South Caucasus countries. He informed the guests that Azerbaijan is a leading country in the region and supported his thesis by concrete numbers and facts.
Along with stating the achievements of Azerbaijan during the last years, the Ambassador also dragged the attention of the guests to the occupation of historical Azerbaijani lands- Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding 7 regions by Armenia. He stated that Armenia is neglecting four resolutions adopted by the Security Council of UN, and that Azerbaijan is intending to peaceful resolution of the conflict in frame of Minsk Group. Ambassador expressed his hope for international organizations, UN, OSCE, EU and CoE, and international community to intensify their activities and take necessary measures for the aggressor to withdraw from his violent acts.
Afterwards, the Ambassador tackled the bilateral relationships between Azerbaijan and Serbia. Ambassador stated that the bilateral relations between two countries have been rapidly and dynamically developing within a short period of time and that it has risen to the level of strategic partnership. Ambassador supported his statements by showing the increasing level of mutual visits of heads of state, noting the “Declaration on Friendly relations and strategic partnership” a bilateral document signed by the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev and the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, within the framework of official visit of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic on February 7-9, 2013 to Azerbaijan.
Ambassador stated that, both of the states recognize and support the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders of each other. Ambassador expressed his thanks for the Republic of Serbia, Government and all its institutions for supporting the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia.
Presentation of the book “ Death Sentence” initiated by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Serbia and the compatriots living in Balkans and written by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, known writer of Azerbaijani people- Elchin Afandiyev, translated into Serbian and published in Belgrade was delivered.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, writer- Elchin Afandiyev made a speech and delivered the greetings from Mr. Ilham Aliyev- the President of Azerbaijan to the President of Serbia-Mr. Tomislav Nikolic and the Serbian people. He expressed his satisfaction on the formation and development of bilateral strategic relations with Serbia and said that Azerbaijan gives great importance to this partnership. He informed the guests about the history of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, our nation's struggle for freedom and independence and about the successes and achievements of Azerbaijan under the leadership of national leader Heydar Aliyev and President Ilham Aliyev. Elchin Afandiyev expressed the double joy of the celebrations for him, expressing his hopes for the development of cultural relations between the two countries.
Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the President of the Republic of Serbia, speaking at the event, congratulated Azerbaijani people and the State with the Republic Day of 28th of May. He stated that the Serbian State and the Government gives significant importance to the bilateral relations and that mutual visits of heads of state deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries, Azerbaijan and Serbia enhancing cooperation in various fields. He stated that there is a mutual will to continue these relations and expressed his confidence in developing it further. He expressed his pride to personally sign the “Declaration of friendly relations and strategic partnership” during his official visit to Azerbaijan.
Yasmina Mixaylovic, literary critic and a well known writer of Serbia and the professor of the University of Belgrade, literary critic, Predraq Petrovich shared their impressions on the book of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, writer- Elchin Afandiyev “ Death Sentence”.
Reception continued with screening of the movie on the history, culture, daily life of Azerbaijan, achievements after the independence and the performance of Azerbaijani national songs by serbian musicians.
May 16, 2013 The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov met with the Minister of Construction and Urbanism Serbia, Velimir Ilić.
During the meeting, Ambassador E. Hasanov briefed about the decree of 28 March 2013 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev to withdraw from his post as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania and that he is now the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Belgrade.
During the meeting the sides discussed prospects for the development and deepening of trade relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia, as well as a number of issues of mutual interest. During the meeting V.Ilich noted the high economic potential of Azerbaijan and expressed satisfaction with the activity of Azerbaijani company “Azvirt”, which started a construction of highway E-763 in Serbia, sections Lig-Bolkovci, Bolkovci-Takovo and Takovo-Prelina.
The Minister Ilić also expressed willingness to comprehensively promote the development of relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador E. Hasanov, in his turn, expressed his gratitude to V. Ilić for the support from the Serbian government and the Ministry of Construction and Urbanism to Azerbaijani company “Azvirt”. He also noted that he would make every effort to further the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries.
On May 10, 2013 National leader Heydar Aliyev`s 90th anniversary marked in Belgrade.
The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Belgrade has organized an event to mark the 90th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev. The event was attended by Serbian officials, parliamentarians, members of the Muslim community, representatives of Azerbaijan Culture Center, Serbia-Azerbaijan Friendship Society and Serbia-Azerbaijan Chamber of Trade and Economy, leadership of “Azvirt” company, as well as journalists.
The event participants laid a wreath and flowers at a monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Tashmaydan Park in Belgrade.
The participants saw at the Embassy a photo exhibition featuring Heydar Aliyev`s lifetime and activity.
Azerbaijani ambassador Eldar Hasanov said a series of events were held in Serbia to mark national leader Heydar Aliyev`s anniversary. The diplomat spoke of Heydar Aliyev`s contributions to strengthening of the Azerbaijani statehood, reforms carried out under his leadership to build legal and democratic state. The ambassador pointed out Heydar Aliyev`s political course was successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev.
The event participants also saw a documentary on the activity of national leader Heydar Aliyev.