Azerbaijan to host Eurovision 2012

Azerbaijan to host Eurovision 2012

Azerbaijan's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 has become a wonderful holiday for the Azerbaijanis and entire Turkic world, Azerbaijani MP Ganira Pashayeva told Trend on Sunday.

"This victory was celebrated not only in Azerbaijan, but also by the Azerbaijanis in Iran, Georgia and throughout the world," she added.

Pashayeva expressed confidence that Azerbaijan will organize the Eurovision Song Contest at the highest level in 2012.

"This is a great victory, as Azerbaijan has participated in this contest only for the fourth time. There are countries that take part at the contest for years but cannot succeed. The whole people were very happy, and almost didn’t sleep till morning," she said. "It is an important event for all of us that our flag waved on the stage".

According to Azerbaijani ambassador to Hungary Vilayat Guliyev, Azerbaijan's victory at Eurovision 2011 is a victory of a cultural policy pursued by the country. Guliyev regards the Azerbaijani singers’ victory at this authoritative European contest as a serious contribution to the recognition of a state that has unique national culture and European values in Europe.

"I believe the fact that Baku will be Eurovision capital in 2012 is another pride for the world Azerbaijanis," he said.

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