By Vusala Abbasova
Earlier, a ceremony to inaugurate a new building of the Secretariat of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-Speaking States was held in Istanbul, on November 12.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attends the event. Prior to the event, the heads of state and government posed together for a group photo. The Turkish president then presented the “Supreme Order of Turkic World” to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
The decision of the Council of the Heads of Turkic-Speaking States says in this connection: “In recognition of the historic victory that ensured the liberation of the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the restoration of its territorial integrity under the leadership of His Excellency Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Commander-in-Chief, which significantly contributed to the Turkic unity and paved the way to achieving enduring peace and stability in the region, the Council of Heads of State, upon the proposal of the President of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hereby decided to award with great honor His Excellency Ilham Aliyev with the “Supreme Order of Turkic World”.
The decision was signed by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Presenting the Supreme Order to the President of Azerbaijan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “Dear President, Dear Brother, Victorious Commander-in-Chief Mr. Ilham Aliyev.
Under your resolute leadership, the occupation of Karabakh, which lasted about 30 years, was ended in a matter of 44 days. This is of great importance not only for our Azerbaijani brothers, but also for the entire Turkic world.
As a result of the Patriotic War, UN Security Council resolutions that were not implemented for years have finally been implemented. In this way, Azerbaijan has inscribed a message of justice in the memory of the international community.
The re-establishment of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity has expanded the unity and equality of the Turkic world. Kharibulbul, which is a symbol of the freedom of Karabakh, was the herald of Victory for the Turkic world.
The Karabakh Victory not only liberated the occupied territories, but also paved the way for lasting peace, stability and cooperation in our region.
Taking this opportunity, I am deeply pleased to present the Supreme Order of the Turkic World to my dear brother Ilham Aliyev. I remember with gratitude and respect our heroes who rose to the peak of martyrdom on the path to freedom”.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS) is an intergovernmental organization which promotes comprehensive cooperation among Turkic speaking states. The organization was established on November 1, 2012, on the basis of the Nakhchivan Agreement, signed by the heads of state of the Turkish-speaking countries during a summit held in Nakhchivan on October 3, 2009.
Azerbaijan was one of the four founding members of the organization. It currently has 5 members: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkey. Hungary is an observer in the organization.
Turkic Council is an organization dedicated to strengthening peace and stability, promoting wide-ranging cooperation and disclosing the potential for common development among its member states. Earlier at the summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries in Baku in 2019, the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev was awarded the Supreme Order of the Turkic World. To date, 7 Summits of CCTS (Almaty, Bishkek, Gabala, Bodrum, Nur-Sultan, Cholpan-Ata and Baku) have been held.