Leyla Aliyeva: AMOR has done a great job in past eight years

Leyla Aliyeva: AMOR has done a great job in past eight years
# 06 December 2016 13:01 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Azerbaijani Youth Organization of Russia (AMOR) has done a great job over the past eight years, said the organization’s chairperson Leyla Aliyeva, who is also the vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

Aliyeva made the remarks addressing the AMOR’s 7th forum that kicked off in Moscow Dec. 6.

“During these years, the main goal of AMOR was preserving ancient traditions, rich culture and history of Azerbaijan, respecting all religions and people and integrating into Russian society,” Aliyeva said, noting that love to Azerbaijan brings together members of the organization.

She said AMOR has more than 60 regional offices in Russia and this is the biggest achievement of the organization.

Aliyeva stressed that Azerbaijani young people are very sensitive towards the country’s history.

AMOR, in the framework of the international awareness campaign “Justice for Khojaly”, organizes commemorative events in several countries every year, Aliyeva said and recalled that next year Azerbaijanis will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.

She stressed the need to achieve a legal assessment of the [Khojaly genocide] at an international level, so such events do not recur.

The genocide was recognized by dozens of countries, several US states and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Aliyeva noted, promising that efforts will be intensified in this direction.

“We believe that justice will triumph, Azerbaijan's territorial integrity will be restored, all refugees and displaced persons will return to their native lands,” she said.

Noting the possibility of learning foreign languages ​​in AMOR office, Aliyeva expressed hope that the Azerbaijani language courses will be opened soon.

Speaking about the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, the AMOR chairperson said the two countries are bound together by historical ties of friendship.

“The Russian language is highly appreciated in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani people are very found of the great Russian literature, culture and art,” she said.

Aliyeva recalled that AMOR joined the mass rallies “We’re the heirs of the Great Victory”, “The immortal regiment”, which were held in a number of Russian cities last year.

Azerbaijan has turned into a country that hosts various forums and conferences, Aliyeva said, adding. “Azerbaijan successfully hosted the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, the first European Games, the European Grand Prix of Formula 1 and the Chess Olympiad. We’re happy that our country is loved and recognized, and more and more people begin to visit our country.”

Later on, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said in his speech that AMOR plays a big role in Azerbaijani youth’s integration to Russian society.

“One of the directions of Azerbaijan youth policies is to build cooperation with youth of other countries and help youth organizations abroad develop,” added the minister.

Vitaly Suchkov, deputy head of the Department of national policy, inter-regional relations and tourism of Moscow city, and Grigory Petushkov, Chairman of the National Council of Youth and Children's Organizations of Russia, also spoke about Russia-Azerbaijan ties and activities of Azerbaijani youth in Russia.

Azerbaijani MP Fuad Muradov spoke about Azerbaijan’s national youth policy.

In his speech, Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloghlu said that by holding various events Azerbaijani youth are integrating into Russian society. “This is very important. AMOR’s activities are apparent,” he noted.

Excellent students studying in Russian universities and AMOR activists were then presented with certificates and diplomas.

The forum proceeded with plenary meetings.

At the end of the event, a big concert will be held with the participation of Azerbaijani and Russian singers.