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Wednesday, 20 August 2008


by civil society associations of Azerbaijan on the events in the Republic of Georgia

Baku August 12, 2008

The recent events in Georgia allowed as to rethink many things that our countries have encountered over the last two decades. The blood of peaceful and innocent people was shed again. Responsibility for this lies again with Russia’s neo-imperial circles - those who initiated conflicts ahead of the collapse of the USSR, who are still fanning their flames in the post-Soviet area in order to implement their imperial ambitions, and those who have been unable for all these years to separate the high principles of morality and law, proclaimed in words, from their egoistical geopolitical and commercial interests.

There are serious grounds to believe that these events are part of Moscow’s far-reaching plans to restore its domination along its borders and in other regions of the world. Having gone far beyond the framework of peacekeeping mission in South Ossetia, Russia violated the borders of a sovereign state – the Republic of Georgia - in the most aggressive way and is demonstratively carrying out destruction and violence on the territory of this country.

The actions of the Georgian government to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country are naturally understood by public in Azerbaijan, because part of Azerbaijan’s own territory has been occupied by neighboring Armenia 15 years ago - not without help of the same Russia.

The defiance and scale of actions by the Russian Federation these days was so unexpected that the entire world just stared at this behavior in shock. The events in Georgia should not leave anyone indifferent because they constitute a potential threat to the region and the world at large. The recent statement by the Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan that the countries of the region should learn lessons from these events represents, in fact, a warning to Azerbaijan about possible similar actions against our country.

We call on the Azerbaijani public to demonstrate vigilance and solidarity with the people of Georgia. Only together, can we defend our freedom and independence and the right of our countries to choose independently their path of development.

We urge the world public to become more active and make every effort to solve as soon as possible the conflicts in the South Caucasus, this wonderful part of the world.

In the name of centuries-long and good relations between our peoples, we urge the Russian government to give up its policy of demonstrating force, and its attempts to make our countries bend to its will, as was the case in the period of colonialism and Soviet dictatorship. Only good and sincere mutual relations are capable of maintaining and strengthening our historical relations.

We urge the Azerbaijani government to render comprehensive, economic and diplomatic aid to Georgia. Georgia is our strategic ally and Azerbaijan must demonstrate its exceptional solidarity.

We urge the Azerbaijani public, representatives of the political, cultural and business elite to be with their Georgian colleagues and take part in the swift restoration of beautiful Georgia.

We urge the governments of countries of the world to apply sanctions, both political and economic, against the Russian Federation, if the aggression continues. The Russian government must be held to account for its evil deeds and apologize.

We urge the Azerbaijani government to review its foreign policy concept and accelerate its rapprochement with Europe and integration into NATO, the reliable security system. Without this, Azerbaijan will not be insured against the aggressive actions of its northern neighbor, which is far from demonstrating good will.

We welcome the initiatives of the French government to end as soon as possible the Russia’s undeclared war against Georgia.

Rashid Gadjili, chairman
Mehriban Vezir, co-chairman
Azerbaijan National Committee for European Integration

Hikmet Hajizadeh, vice-president
Rasim Musabayov, vice-president
Centre for Economic and Political Research

Sabit Bagirov, president
Entrepreneurship Development Foundation

Arzu Abdullayeva, chairman
Azerbaijan National Committee of Helsinki Citizens Assembly

Arif Aliyev, chairman
“New Generation” Journalist’s Union

Ilgar Mamedov, politologist

Yashar Jafarli, chairman
Reserved and Retired Officers Public Union

Ingilab Ahmedov, director
Public Finance Monitoring Center

Vahid Gazi, director
INAM Centre

Ruhangiz Huseynova, chairman
«Women Solidarity» organisation

Ali Abbasov, politologist

Maharram Zulfugarli, chairman
National Research Association

Gubad Ibadoglu, president
Economic Researches Center

Shahin Hajiyev, director
Najaf Nacafov Foundation

Mehman Aliyev, member of Board
Press Councel of Azerbaijan

Novella Jafaroglu, chairman
“Woman Rights” Organization

Saadat Bananyarli, chairman
Azerbaijan National Branch of the International Society for Human Rights

Saida Godjamanli, chairman
Human Rights and Rule of Law Protection Bureau

Annagi Hajibeyli, president
Azerbaijan Lawyers Association

Intigam Aliyev, president
Legal education Society

Sahib Mammadov, chairman
Citizens Labor Rights Protection League

Elchin Shikhli, chief editor
“Ayna” & “Zerkalo” newspaper

Avaz Hasanov, chairman
Society for Humanitarian Research

Elnur Baimov, chief editor
“” Information Agency

Elkhan Mehtiyev, president
Peace and Conflict Resolution Center

Sevil Yuzbashova, chairman
«ЭКО - МИР» organisation

Osman Gunduz, director
Multimedia Information Systems and Теchnologies Center

Azad Aliyev, president
Association of Social Economic Researches

Nariman Agayev, chairman
Sustainable Development Research Center

Leyla Aliyeva, president
Centre of National and International Researches

Zohrab Ismail, president
Free Economy Center

Dunya Sakit, editor
“Expert” magazine

Vusal Qasimli, president
Institute of Economical Technologies

Fyad Rasulov, director
Center for Economic and Business research (XAZAR University)

Irada Bagirova, politolojist

Nasib Nasibli, member of parliament

Alimammad Nuriyev, president

Nazim Ibadov, president
Humanitarian Foundation “BUTA”

Israil Iskenderov, president
Public organisation «UMID»

Samir Isayev, president
“Ecolex” Environmental Law Centre

Aslan Veliyev, director
Ganja Department of HAS

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