Azerbaijani President: “Heydar Aliyev’s strategic decisions determined the direction of the strategic development of our country”

Baku: Recent evidences reveal that the leadership of the Soviet Union received appeals even from foreign countries for taking away Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan and joining it to Armenia

President İlham Aliyev noted that Heydar Aliyev led the Azerbaijan twice. In both periods Azerbaijan developed rapidly. “First time, during the Soviet period, after his appointment in 1969, fundamental changes happened in Azerbaijan. Since that time, Azerbaijan developed rapidly under his leadership for 13 years. It was one of the best places in the Soviet Union.

In the Soviet Union only two republics were self-sufficient and contributed to the all-Union budget. One of them was Azerbaijan. In those years, modern industrial complexes were established and agriculture was developing rapidly. Azerbaijan was saying its word in the field of culture and art in the Soviets and those days’ history of the country was very successful.

That is why at the beginning of the 1990s, the Azerbaijani people, once again turned to the great leader, invited him to power.”

The Head of the State said that since the 1970s and early 1980s Heydar Aliyev won a lot love and sympathy of the people.

President Ilham Aliyev said that there were several stages in the life of the great leader. Each period had its own importance. He acted as a worthy politician, brave man and a patriot at each stage: “Taking into consideration Heydar Aliyev’s success in Azerbaijan, he was elected to the supreme body of Soviet Union – the Politburo and appointed first deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers in late 1982.

He was in charge of many areas that required serious attention, and approached with a huge responsibility to all the work entrusted to him. At the same time he always paid attention to Azerbaijan, trying to help in doing well. But unfortunately, after his departure from Azerbaijan, the country gradually began to experience decline, we can say, it has stagnated.

In 1987, Heydar Aliyev faced a great injustice. The man, who led at the time the Soviet state, showed him an injustice. And this injustice had reason. Jealousy, hypocrisy and other negative cases against the Heydar Aliyev led to his resignation. It was a huge loss for Azerbaijan. It was no coincidence, in less than two weeks after his resignation, the Armenian nationalists raised the issue of the separation of Nagorno Karabakh from Azerbaijan and its joining to Armenia.

Unfortunately, the then Soviet leadership had the same opinion with them on this issue and their positions coincided. Meanwhile, recent evidences reveal that the leadership of the Soviet Union received appeals even from foreign countries for taking away Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan and joining it to Armenia. It is generally intolerable practice in international relations. But this is the story, this is the truth, and then all the problems of Azerbaijan started.”

Ilham Aliyev noted that in January 1990, Heydar Aliyev again proved himself as a patriot and brave man. “I remember those days. A great crime against the Azerbaijani people was committed, innocent people were killed. The Soviet army, entered Baku, committed a massacre. Hundreds of people were killed, wounded, missing. It was a great crime.

Unfortunately, then leadership of Azerbaijan did not raise his voice of protest. Again, the only hope of the people became Heydar Aliyev. At the time Heydar Aliyev was retired, not engaged in active work. A dirty campaign was run against him both by the Soviet leadership, and those who were on high positions in Azerbaijan. Then, there was a “fifth column” as well, which led the operation against him, concocting anonymous letters and denunciations.

Today denunciations addressed to other places, but then they were written to Moscow. On January 21, 1990, Heydar Aliyev came to the permanent representation of Azerbaijan in Moscow and delivered his voice of protest around the world.

I am proud and very happy that I was there with him on that day.” said President Ilham Aliyev at ceremony on the occasion of the 92nd birthday anniversary of national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev and 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Azerbaijani president also has spoken about Heydar Aliyev’s leadership between: “1993-2003 will remain in history as a period of stability and development. Heydar Aliyev’s Strategic decisions determined the direction of the strategic development of our country.”

SOURCE: AZERI PRESS NEWS AGENCY