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On April 17-18, 2014 Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov is on a visit to Serbia, Azerbaijani Embassy to Belgrade .

Within a visit, Zakir Hasanov met Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodic and Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Vucic. Azerbaijani Defense minister also visited Defense University of Serbia. Directions of bilateral military cooperation, security issues and defense cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Serbia were discussed during the visit.

On the first day of the visit, the delegation headed by Zakir Hasanov, representatives of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry and Azerbaijani Embassy to Serbia took part at the opening ceremony of Tashmay Park, reconstructed with a support of Azerbaijani government. Wreaths were laid down on statues of Haydar Aliyev, Serbian writer Milorad Pavic and children, died during NATO bombardment.

During the visit have signed an agreement on cooperation in defense between Azerbaijan and Serbia

On March17, 2014 Chairman of Azerbaijani Parliament`s agrarian committee Eldar Ibrahimov and MP Astan Shaverdiyev have monitored early parliamentary elections in Serbia. The Azerbaijani parliamentarians issued statements, describing the ballot as transparent, democratic, and meeting international standards.
As part of their trip, the Azerbaijani MPs visited the Serbian Parliament to meet leader of Serbia-Azerbaijan interparliamentary friendship group Irena Vuyovich and other Serbian colleagues.
They praised the relations between the two countries as “strategic”. The sides stressed the importance of further strengthening the bilateral relations.
The parliamentarians also visited Tashmaydan Park which was repaired and restored with the financial aid by the Azerbaijani government, and put flowers at monuments to national leader Heydar Aliyev and prominent Serbian writer Milorad Pavich.
Ibrahimov and Shahverdiyev also visited a bust of Azerbaijan`s great composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli in the city of Novi Shad, whose erection was initiated by President Ilham Aliyev and supported by the Azerbaijani government.

2014-03-05 12:03:00

3rd session of Azerbaijan-Serbia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade & Economic Cooperation held in Belgrade

The 3rd session of the Azerbaijan-Serbia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation has been held in Belgrade.

The meeting was co-chaired by Azerbaijani Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Foreign & Domestic Commerce and Communications Rasim Lyaich.

Addressing the event, Sh.Mustafayev hailed Azerbaijan-Serbia relations. He underlined the role of reciprocal visits of the two countries` presidents in strengthening the political and economic ties. Sh.Mustafayev said Azerbaijan and Serbia supported each other on the international level in different areas, especially in the field of territorial integrity.

Sh. Mustafayev also highlighted what had been done by the commission since its 2nd meeting.

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister R.Lyaich said Serbia attached great importance to cooperation with Azerbaijan.

The sides signed a protocol on the outcomes of the session. The document provides for further progress of cooperation in the fields of trade, industry, economy, investment, tourism, education, environment, and youth affairs.

In Belgrade, the Azerbaijani delegation visited a monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Tasmajdan park.

Sh.Mustafayev also met Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to discuss prospects for Azerbaijan-Serbia cooperation.

 On February 23, 2014,  the diplomats of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Serbia participated in the celebrations of the Defender of the Fatherland Day at the initiative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Serbia  .
The event was attended by representatives of the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces of the Republic of Serbia. The national hymns of Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were played in the beginning of the event . Then the event participants laid wreaths at the monument to Soviet soldiers in the cemetery of the Liberators of Belgrade, and also paid tribute to the Soviet military veterans, who were participants in the operation of liberation of Belgrade in 1944  and who died in a plane crash in 1964 on Mount Avala.

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

24.02.2014

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.