Samira Patzer: “At the same time, in the message addressed to up to 300 members of The European Parliament our organization required to react to solution of Upper-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the relevant international standards and accept February 26, 1992 massacre committed by Armenians against Khojaly residents as genocide commited against humanity”.
At the moment Azerbaijani Diaspora has become a national and spritual unity for our fellow-countrymen living abroad. A large number of our intelligent people concentrated in foreign countries serve their homeland mainly through various public institutions. In addition to making the diaspora function more effective, it plays an important role in shaping political image of our country.
This time, our interlocutor is President of European Azerbaijanis Congress the largest public institution in Europe and Executive Director of the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany Samira Patzer Ismayilova.
Ms. Samira, what has European Azerbaijanis Congress (EAC) under your run chosen as priority on their activities?
Generally, EAC focus its efforts in the direction of introduction of Republic of Azerbaijan to European Public, dissemination of information about Upper-Karabakh conflict and Khojaly genocide, 20 January, 31 March, publicizing injustice against our country. One of our main goals is to prevent Armenian lobby’s dirty activity against Azerbaijan and lobbying should take space in activities of this big organization alongside diaspora activities.
– This year, what was the most memorable part in your activity?
The most important of our multi-faceted activities was our appeal with statement and queries this year in February to Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee of European Parliament on Foreign Policy and Elizabeth Heggley, member of Human Rights Committee to “recognize genocide committed against Khojali residents in 1992 as a crime and peaceful settlement of Upper-Karabakh conflict”. At the same time, in the message addressed to up to 300 members of The European Parliament our organization required to react to solution of Upper-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the relevant international standards and accept February 26, 1992 massacre committed by Armenians against Khojaly residents as genocide commited against humanity.
In addition, we also wanted in the appeal Khojali genocide to be investigated by an international committee of experts and heads of member states of the OSCE Minsk Group to make efforts for the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Upper-Karabakh conflict and attainment of peace. At the end of the appeal we stated that peace in the South Caucasus is the only tool that can contribute to development and coexistence of our people who have a common geographical location, natural resources and many centuries cultural heritage. From this point referring to decision and resolutions for settlement of conflict we expressed our hope and desire to be accepted seriously by European Parliament for peaceful solution of Upper-Karabakh conflict.
-At the same time you are Executive Director of the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany (CCAG). Generally what are priorities of the organization and in which direction it operates?
This organization has been established for our fellow-countrymen living in Germany to help them not fall away from each other and have a close relationship abroad. The organization represent Azerbaijani Diaspora in Germany and our aim is to unite closely every our fellow-countrymen around the same motive, homeland, nation slogans and to promote realities of our country with more purposeful way. This year, on February 22, In Berlin “in Turkish House” we held commemoration ceremony for 22 aniversary of Khojali genocide with organization of Turkish-Azerbaijani Union in Germany, support of Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Germany and cooperation of CCAG and Berlin-Brandenburg Kemalist Thought Center. During the ceremony, Khojaly monument in Berlin was visited. In addition, we organized protest demonstration in front of famous “Brandenburg Gate” located in the center of Berlin.
Khojaly tragedy photos, posters condemning the bloody actions of Armenian nationalists and “Justice for Khojaly” campaign slogans were used in the demonstration. In the demonstration information about Khojaly genocide, as well as preservation of Azerbaijani lands under Armenian occupation was given to public and Upper-Karabakh conflict and Khojaly tragedy brochures, information leaflets in German and English were distributed to city residents and tourists.
In fact, we don’t stop doing works in national direction. Just on these days, we pass to strengthened work regime.
In the past, even though we were the injured party, it was difficult to convince European society that we are the ones who were injured. Because Armenaian lobby continued Anti-Azerbaijan activity everywhere. Now the situation has changed in our favor. Because here our people have become more organized compared with previous years, established public organizations to promote realities and all of these have become biggest obstacles for Armenian allegations. Indeed, attention and care of goverment to our Diaspora is very remarkable. Because feeling the support of government gives us stimul to continue our works in this direction. At this point, one of our biggest difference from Armenians is that behind Armenia stands strong Armenian diaspora and lobby, behind Azerbaijani diaspora stands strong, reliable Azerbaijani Government. We are proud of this.