“While analyzing that period correctly, we would have insured ourselves against any risks in the future. The young generation, who did not know that period and did not live at that time, should know at what cost we were able to maintain our independence. To whom we owe. If Heydar Aliyev had not come to power then, today maybe, Azerbaijan could live as a toy state, as a semi-colonial state under someone's control,” President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party Ilham Aliyev has said in his speech at the 7th Congress of the New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) in a video format, APA reports.
The head of the state noted: “We should know this history, we know it and from now on, we will build our activities on this solid foundation, as we have done so far. 1993-2003 were decisive years. The foundations of statehood were laid. January 20 tragedy was given a political assessment. Why did the Popular Front-Musavat duo not give a political assessment of the January 20 tragedy? They had one year. Why? Because they have Azerbaijani people’s blood on their hands. They also wanted to cover up the January 20 tragedy.
The President has stressed that Heydar Aliyev gave a political assessment to January 20 tragedy: “Constitution was only adopted in the period of Heydar Aliyev. Censorship, censorship put by the Popular Front-Musavat duo was abolished namely by his instruction. Political reforms were started, a multi-party system emerged. We withdrew from international isolation. Azerbaijan started to be recognized as a respected and worthy of respect country. Great investments were attracted to our country, Army building was started. We did not have a regular army. Important steps were taken in connection with the training of personnel. Those personal which contribute to different fields of our country today.”