lham Aliyev: 3rd Baku Global Forum to solve important issues
The 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum provides an opportunity for former presidents, prime ministers, politicians and statesmen to address important issues, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the opening of the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum today.
"I am very glad that today in Baku we've organized such an important, remarkable international event," the President said, stressing that the Forum provides great opportunity for former presidents, prime ministers, politicians and statesmen to address important issues, Trend reports.
The president also spoke about the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia, saying that no country in the world recognizes the illegal Nagorno-Karabakh, and reminding that almost 20 % of Azerbaijani territory is occupied by Armenia. "We're suffering from brutal violation of international law," Ilham Aliyev said.
"The occupation of internationally recognized and historic territories of Azerbaijan by Armenia has been continuing for many years, regardless of the four UN Security Council Resolutions, which require immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijani territories," he stressed.
For centuries Azerbaijan has been a place where civilizations meet. "Azerbaijan is a geographical bridge between Europe and Asia. And now it is acultural, I am sure, and political bridge between Europe and the Muslim World," Aliyev said.
"The traditions of multiculturalism have very deep roots in our society. Regardless of the form of political structure in Azerbaijan, all the representatives of different nationalities, ethnic groups, religions, have always lived in peace and dignity in our country," he said. "That is why now, when Azerbaijan is independent, it has become one of the world centers of multiculturalism," the president of Azerbaijan said.
He reminded that in May Azerbaijan will be hosting the 3rd International Intercultural Dialogue Forum. "Every year we organize an International Humanitarian Forum, which primarily addresses the issues of peaceful co-existence, building trust and reducing tensions between different representatives of the world," Ilham Aliyev said.