[August 31, 2004, 18:39:51]

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
Aug 31 2004

Military attache of the embassy of Turkey in Azerbaijan, Major-General
Omar Bayrakli hosted a reception on the occasion of the Victory Day
and Turkish Armed Forces Day, on August 30.

The event was attended by representatives of the armed forces of
Turkey and Azerbaijan, Milli Majlis deputies, representatives of
political parties, and ambassadors accredited in Baku.

Having warmly greeted the guests, attache Omar Bayrakli told of the
glorious history of the Turkish Armed Forces. He noted the holiday
used to be marked in Baku in recent years that had been initiated by
Heydar Aliyev and Suleyman Demirel. Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan,
Colonel-General Safar Abiyev recalled the great efforts by the sons
of Azerbaijan in early 20s of the last century in the fight for the
independence of Turkey - two of them Samad Rafibeyov and Javanshir
Novruzov became generals of the Turkish army. He also stressed that
Azerbaijan would never forget the Turkish soldiers who became shehids
in the fight for its independence.

S. Abiyev noted that the Turkey's army building experience is
widely used in Azerbaijan. The Minister also appreciated the
Turkey's unambiguous stance with respect to resolution of the
Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The reception was
attended by Ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan Ahmet Unal Chevikez.