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A very powerful leader, politician, creator of modern history of his countryHeydar Aliyev – National Leader of all Azerbaijanis

Today 14 years passed since National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev has passed away.
National leader of the Azerbaijani people, President Heydar Aliyev, was born in Nakhchivan City of Azerbaijan on 10 May 1923.
Heydar Aliyev was a very powerful leader and politician who created the modern history of Azerbaijan, becoming a true legend of his time. The history remembers him as a unique leader, a powerful Head of State, a selfless man, providing Azerbaijani nation hope and optimism in the era of despair and distrust.
Heydar Aliyev came to state power on July 14, 1969 as the first secretary of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan under the USSR (the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics).

Heydar Aliyev, the third President of Azerbaijan

During the years in power, he assumed the responsibility for Azerbaijan, together with the people he overcame the heavy and severe obstacles, and established a strong independent republic that we call modern Azerbaijan today. He was the third President of Azerbaijan who served from October 1993 to October 2003.
He completely renewed and upgraded the oil industry, commissioned a number of plants and factories, including high-tech alumina production, hydroelectric power station, textile mill and production of household air conditioners.
"Modernization" can be the most accurate word to describe his activity. Coming to state power in Azerbaijan during the Soviet period he commissioned a process of deep modernization in Azerbaijan, which long used to act as a provincial raw outskirt of the Soviet empire.
Heydar Aliyev’s philosophy of Azerbaijanism, after gaining independence, determined the place of Azerbaijan in the modern world, provided a strong basis for the solidarity of the world Azerbaijanis as an ideological ground to the national statehood.
Along with efficient and purposeful activities in all spheres of life, Heydar Aliyev attached great importance to upgrading education in the country. Education and upbringing of the younger generation were always the key milestone in state program of the farsighted leader.

Ambassador Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan in Seoul

Over 10 years of presidency Heydar Aliyev carried out radical reforms in the country, leaving a viable state for the nation, constructed from almost devastated country.
Heydar Aliyev’s multi-vector policy became a state strategy, which brought prosperity and stability to the country. He came to power with a pragmatic and balanced foreign policy.
Besides achieving a political stability in Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev laid the foundations for the economic independence of the country. He developed an anti-crisis program for the recovery of production, as well as improvement of the financial situation, and attraction of foreign investment.
"Contract of the Century" signed with the Western oil companies in Baku on September 20, 1994 was of vital importance for Azerbaijan and played a crucial role in the establishment of internal stability in the country, and achievement of success in foreign policy.
Heydar Aliyev, who spearheaded the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project, did much to attract huge western capital to Azerbaijan, what created many new jobs and lead to the development of several fields. Foreign capitals immediately earned on the economic growth of Azerbaijan, which today is recognized as the highest in the former Soviet space.
Moreover, Heydar Aliyev initiated the development of a new Constitution, which was adopted in 1995.
Heydar Alirza oglu Aliyev passed away in Cleveland Hospital in the United States of America on December 12. The people of Azerbaijan is proud of their great son, who devoted all his life to faithfully serving the people and motherland in the most difficult period of history. The bright memory of Heydar Aliyev, the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, wise leader and genius personality lives in the hearts of millions.

Lee Kyung-sik  edt@koreapost.com

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