Official Chronicle

President Ilham Aliyev participates in ceremony marking 88th birthday of national leader Heydar Aliyev and 7th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev Foundation

10-05-2011 | 21:47        


On May 10, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended the solemn ceremony at the Buta palace marking the national leader Heydar Aliyev’s 88th birthday anniversary and the 7th anniversary of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.  May 10th marked 88th birthday of National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. As every year, this year too the people of Azerbaijan commemorates this genius person, a great political and foresighted leader. A video clip depicting various moments of Heydar Aliyev’s life opened the solemn ceremony dedicated to 88th birthday of Great Leader at the Buta palace. Addressing the event Azerbaijan’s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva thanked all the guests for coming. Saying 20 years of restoration of Azerbaijan’s independence was being marked this year, Mehriban Aliyeva said the country had achieved great accomplishments over this period. “Azerbaijan displays record development rates”, said President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundationç stressing that Azerbaijan was capable of reaching any task set for it. She said Heydar Aliyev devoted his life to Azerbaijan. President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation touched upon Foundation’s seven-year activity, saying it has implemented huge projects in scientific, cultural and social fields and contributed to delivering the truth about Azerbaijan. Then, a film about the national leader Heydar Aliyev was demonstrated at the event…. Addressing the ceremony, President Ilham Aliyev stressed that Heydar Aliyev went through trials successfully at all times, saying his policy and ideas have been successfully continued today. “The people of Azerbaijan always showed devotion and trust to Heydar Aliyev,” he underlined. The Head of State also noted that Azerbaijan is a modern state and the country is developing. The Head of State said that the period of 1993-2003 was a crucial moment for Azerbaijan’s future, work done over these 10 years was equal to that done for centuries, adding that the independent Azerbaijan founded by the great leader was living on, developing and opening new opportunities for the nation. This path of development was shown by Heydar Aliyev and national leader’s Azerbaijanism idea is the basis of Azerbaijan’s ideology. The head of state said that today Azerbaijan was walking the path of Heydar Aliyev. The President also touched on Heydar Aliyev’s successful oil policy that made Azerbaijan a reliable energy partner. He also mentioned large scale projects that took rise from this policy. Saying Azerbaijan had turned into a center for cross-cultural dialogue, the head of state noted that world community supported initiatives proposed by Azerbaijan in this field. President Aliyev stressed that the dear memory of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev would live in the hearts of the Azerbaijani people. The ceremony of awarding of the Heydar Aliyev Prize followed. Under President Ilham Aliyev’s executive order from May 10, 2011, for his services in development of the Azerbaijani literature writer Anar was awarded with the Heydar Aliyev Prize. Then, a film dedicated to the activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation was demonstrated at the ceremony. Awarding ceremony of “the Golden Sycamore” prize of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation was held afterwards. President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva awarded Former UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura with “the Golden Sycamore” prize for his contributions to preservation of panhuman values, expansion of cross-civilization dialogue, development of Azerbaijan-UNESCO relations. In another category, ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri was awarded for his fruitful activity in establishing of the relations in science, education and culture and building cross-national dialogue. The awarding ceremony was followed with a concert of the Chamber Orchestra named after Gara Garayev directed by Teymur |Goychayedv. Performance by the world famous “Il Divo” group was also met with interest….. Soloist of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, a talented Samir Jafarov closed the concert.