Berlin commemorates the tragedy of January 20

On January 14, 2015 in the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany in the prestigious venue of the German Officers’ Association Forum, the 25th anniversary of the 20th January Tragedy, was held.

In general, the event has gathered more than 150 participants; among them were representatives of the German Bundestag, the German Ministry of International Affairs, Foreign Diplomatic Corps, different political, economic, scientific and cultural circles, representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora and representatives of the German press as well.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Federal Republic of Germany Perviz Shakhbazov opened the event with a minute of silence in memory of the victims fallen on 20th January.

In his speech, the Ambassador has casted a light on the time when the Soviet Union authority has completely ignored the Armenian separatism in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia’s expulsion policy towards Azerbaijani population causing complaints from Azerbaijanis. The Ambassador has reminded about the role of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev who was blaming the Soviet Authority in committing serious crimes against justified complaints and human rights of Azerbaijani people during the actions taken place on 20th January. It has been mentioned, since Azerbaijan has obtained its independence and formed its independent policy it has been trying to improve the welfare of its citizens aimed at ensuring the safety of the fastest growing economy in the region and in the world. Moreover, Azerbaijan is trying to stay a reliable partner to Europe and defend its interests for Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the international law.

Later on, the Chairman of German-Azerbaijani Forum Hans-Eberhard Schleyer has spoken a few words concerning the event. Schleyer mentioned that the citizens who sacrificed their lives for the independence of Azerbaijan would be never forgotten.
Afterwards, the Deputy of the German Bundestag and Member of International Committee Prof. Dr. Egon Yutner has named the Tragedy of 20th January taken place in Azerbaijan “Bloody Wound”. According to his words, the people of this tragedy were strongly stimulated to legitimate liberation movement. Hence, after declaration of its independence from the Soviet authority, the nation of Azerbaijan has been reborn.
At the conclusion of the event, the concert in memory of victims has been performed by Azerbaijani musicians living in Germany, Elnara Ismayilova and Faig Aliyev.

It worth emphasizing, the event was organized by the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Germany and supported by SOCAR Representatives in Germany and Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany.