100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF AZERBAIJAN




News Centre – TDO- Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Turkey Hazar Ibrahim has hosted the gala of the documentary film Son İclas (The Last Session) at Ankara Cermodern to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Azerbaijan.

The event was attended by presidential chief advisors Yalçın Topçu and Gülnur Aybet, Deptu Minister of National Defence Şuay Alpay, former speakers of the GNAT Cemil Çiçek and Hikmet Çetin, Prof.  Dr. İlber Ortaylı, representatives of embassies, heads of foreign missions, Azerbaijani citizens and students.

In his speech, Azerbaijani Ambassador Hazar Ibrahim said they were celebrating the centenary of the founding of Azerbaijan. Stating that Azerbaijan has diplomatic missions around the world, Ibrahim added that in terms of economic competitiveness, Azerbaijan is ranked 36th in the world and the Azerbaijani army is ranked 50th. Ambassador Ibrahim also mentioned the Star Refinery that was opened in Izmir Aliağa last week and said it was “Azerbaijan’s biggest investment to date”.

Ibrahim reminded the audience of the messages delivered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the opening ceremony and said "Erdoğan and Aliyev have once more emphasised that the two countries will always be brotherhoods. I hope our fraternity draws on the ideas that lead to the founding of the Azerbaijan People’s Republic. May the brotherhood of Turkey and Azerbaijan last forever.” 

In his speech, Presidential Advisor Topçu said that Mehmet Emin Resulzade had declared Azerbaijan’s independence on May 28th 1918 and added "The Ottoman State was the first to recognise Azerbaijan.”  Stating that Islamic Army of Caucasia had liberated Baku on September 15th 1918, Topçe said that the Azerbaijani state, which survived for 23 months was considered the first democratic republic of the east, that it had issued its own currency and that the republic had allowed all citizens equal rights without discrimination based on race, religion, sect or sex.

Topçu said that while Turkey’s war of independence was raging on the Azerbaijani state had ended with the Soviet occupation on April 28th 1920 and said “This is the story this documentary tells.” 

Topçu added that the film The Last Session was very important and finished by saying “For as long as the world keeps turning, Azerbaijan will be independent and free and the welfare it creates for its region will contribute to the whole world.” 

Mick Stump, Turkey President for BP, which was one of the sponsors of the film, said that they were realising projects that connect Turkey and Azerbaijan.  Stump said that BP had been active in Turkey since 1912, and for the last 26 years in Azerbaijan and added “Turkey and Azerbaijan are moving along the same historical lines.” 

Stump said that with the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline they had ensured that Azerbaijani oil could be exported around the world, and the same for its natural gas with the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline. Stump emphasised that the southern corridor is a project worth USD 40 billion and said "In 2020, we will be supplying the European market with 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas through Turkey.” 

The documentary film Son İclas was produced by Arzu Aliyeva and Orman Aliyev, the script was written by Müsellim Hasanov and the Haydar Aliyev Fund provided financial support. The gala proceeded with the showing of the film and the guests being served refreshments from Azerbaijani cuisine.