After gaining independence in early 1990s, building a legal state, forming democratic and pluralistic society was set as the main task for Azerbaijan, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani president’s aide for public and political affairs said Nov.12.
He made the remarks during the 13th International Conference of Ombudsmen on the “Role of cooperation between domestic and international organizations in ensuring the constitutional rights and freedoms” in Baku.
The first constitution of independent Azerbaijan, which today marks 20 years and was authored by the National Leader Heydar Aliyev, envisages the main principles of separation of powers, liberal economy, building a civil society, human rights and freedoms which were successfully fulfilled at the subsequent stage, said the top official.
Hasanov noted that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the biggest obstacle for the democratic development in the region, as well as for ensuring human rights and freedoms.
Undoubtedly, if there wasn’t this problem, or if it was resolved on time, the region’s countries would be more developed, peace and security would be more sustainable, according to the top official.
Hasanov further said that today, Azerbaijan is a democratic, dynamically developing country which pursues independent policy and has high reputation on the international arena.
The civil society is developing in Azerbaijan, the freedom of expression and information of everyone is ensured and necessary conditions have been created for the activities of political parties, NGOs and media outlets in the country, he said.
The decisive position of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is that today, independent policy, liberal economic system and strong civil society are the main factors ensuring the dynamic development of every country, Hasanov said.
“Therefore, Azerbaijan pursues coherent policy for strengthening the democratic principles, promoting human rights and freedoms, further developing the civil society institutions and stimulating their activities,” he added.
Hasanov further noted that Azerbaijan, during the years of its independence, has created its own model of development and has presented it to the world as a progressive experience.
“In just 10 years, economic potential grew by over three times, and such problems as poverty and unemployment were resolved drastically, the social and economic infrastructure was reconstructed in line with the most advanced standards, and a tremendous work was carried out to form a sustainable social welfare and the country’s modern image, in general,” he said.
Hasanov added that Azerbaijan, becoming a political, economic and humanitarian center in the region, has taken its deserved place in the system of international relations, and has gained an image of a strong state and a reliable partner.
This historic breakthrough, as he said, was possible thanks to President Ilham Aliyev’s independent and well thought-out policy, which is based on the national will.