(MENAFN- AzerNews) The Internet Media Association of Turkiye (TIMBIR) has issued a
statement in support of the extraordinary presidential election to
be held in Azerbaijan in February.
In its statement, TIMBIR emphasized that holding the election
amid the liberation of Azerbaijani territories from Armenian
occupation is of great importance, Azernews reports.
"The upcoming election on February 7 will mark a distinctive
chapter in Azerbaijan's modern history, having gained independence
on October 18, 1991. In contrast to previous elections spanning the
past 35 years, the significance of this election lies in its
coverage of the entire territory of the brotherly nation. This
uniqueness stems from the aftermath of the Second Karabakh War in
2020 and the anti-terrorist measures implemented in 2023. These
actions resulted in the liberation of Azerbaijani lands, previously
occupied for over 30 years, consolidating the nation's territorial
integrity and sovereignty. This historic achievement has not only
elevated Azerbaijan's global standing but has also introduced new
dynamics in the South Caucasus, recognized as one of the world's
most intricate regions," the statement said.
It was broght to the attention that the restoration of
Azerbaijan's territorial integrity was followed by a biased policy
towards the country in Europe.
"The restoration of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, which
put an end to years of occupation in the South Caucasus and ushered
in new realities, faced inexplicable pressure from certain Western
countries and several international organizations purporting to
champion democratic values. Notably, France has taken a
particularly active role in an anti-Azerbaijani campaign, pushing
boundaries and actively contributing to the potential escalation of
a new conflict in the South Caucasus. Unfortunately, in this
campaign, structures such as the collective West, the European
Parliament, and the Council of Europe, influenced by France, have
embarked on a "crusade" against Azerbaijan in the literal sense of
the term. The transformation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe into an anti-Azerbaijani platform, in addition to
baseless accusations, underscores that the true motive of the West
is not to ensure peace in the region," said the statement.
"Nevertheless, it is highly encouraging to observe the
Azerbaijani state firmly rebuffing these unfounded attacks and
steadfastly defending its national interests without yielding. It
is crucial to acknowledge that these accomplishments are the result
of a resolute policy led by President Ilham Aliyev. The deepening
of ties with Türkiye under the leadership of the Azerbaijani
President, the realization of the "One Nation, Two States"
principle coined by National Leader Heydar Aliyev, and the
continuous efforts to foster unity among Turkic states deserve
special mention. As TIMBIR, we take pride in declaring our support
for the people of Azerbaijan and President Ilham Aliyev, who stands
resilient against any form of pressure amidst these critical
issues. We hold the belief that the elections scheduled for
February 7 will bring benefit to Azerbaijan, allowing the people to
express their will through the voting process," the statement
Recall that on December 7, 2023, President of Azerbaijan Ilham
Aliyev signed a decree on holding an extraordinary presidential
election in the country on February 7, 2024. Azerbaijan has
registered 7 candidates to run in the extraordinary presidential
Azerbaijani citizen who has active electoral rights (on his own
initiative, as well as on the initiative of a registered candidate,
a political party, a bloc of political parties, a non-governmental
organization operating in the field of elections), international
(foreign) observers (by registering with the Central Election
Commission for arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan on the basis
of an appropriate invitation in accordance with the law), starting
from the day of calling elections and up to 10 days before election
day, must submit an application to the Central Election Commission
to conduct observation throughout the entire territory of the
Republic of Azerbaijan.
Note that the Internet Media Association of Turkiye (TIMBIR) was
established by a decree of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It is one of 53 non-governmental organizations with international
status operating in Turkiye.
TIMBIR has offices in all 81 provinces in Turkiye and extends
its presence to 10 countries worldwide. Representatives of
influential non-governmental organizations in Turkiye have joined
Adil Kocalan, serving as the Chairman of the International
Federation of Journalists in Istanbul, and Menderes Demir, who
holds the position of Chairman of the Federation of Journalists of
the Turkic World, are among the notable individuals represented on
the Association's Board of Directors, alongside others.
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