February 24, 2008
First monument in Europe for Khojaly tragedy erected in Hague, Holland
Ceremony of opening of the first monument dedicated to the martyrs of Khojaly genocide, the meeting and exhibition of the diaspora organizations was held February 24 in Hague on the initiative of Holland-Azerbaijan Turk Circle and due to support of the Embassy of Azerbaijan to the Netherlands, State Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Work with Azerbaijanis Living in Foreign Countries and Heydar Aliyev Foundation.
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Netherlands Fuad
Isgandarov, delegation of State Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan for
Work with Azerbaijanis Living in Foreign Countries, actives of all Azeri and
Turkish diaspora organizations in Holland, our countrymen from other European
countries, members of diplomatic corps accredited to Hague, reps of the local
public and foreign visitors were present in the ceremony.
After brief speech by Ilhan Ashkyn, Chairman of Holland-Azerbaijan
Turk Circle, Ambassador Fuad Isgandarov and heads of Azeri and Turkish
diasporas cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the monument. Then prayer
was said for the martyrs of the tragedy. The speech made in the event on behalf
of the Dutch reflected the unambiguous support of the local public to the
opening of the monument.
After the ceremony, the meeting of the diaspora
organizations was held. Participants were familiarized here with samples of the
art exhibition sent by Heydar Aliyev Foundation and materials published.
Addressing the event Ambassador Fuad Isgandarov talked
of works done by Azerbaijani Government with local diaspora organizations
towards setting and opening of the monument, informed of the policy carried out
by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to put an end to the Armenian
aggression, announced the tasks of the leadership of Azerbaijan on
strengthening of cooperation of Azeri and Turkish diasporas. The Ambassador
underlined the special instructions of the Azeri President on realization of
the active attack strategy in diplomatic and information action of Azerbaijan
instead of tactics of defense from Armenian diversions. He emphasized erection
of such a monument in the center of Europe, in Hague, an international law capital
of the world, is the result of this policy. Spokesman of State Committee of the
Republic of Azerbaijan for Work with Azerbaijanis Living in Foreign Countries
Javanshir Veliyev, Chairman of World Azerbaijanis Congress Gulamrza Sadi
Tebrizi, reps of Azeri and Turkish diaspora organizations acting in Holland and
other countries of Europe addressed the event.
Foreign and local
mass media widely covered the event.