28 September 2010 [18:37]

Azerbaijani MP Ganira Pashayeva has written a book about the leader
of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktash.

The book titled "Rauf Denktash: life, struggle, dreams, hope .... "
was presented on in Baku today.

The book tells about childhood and youth of one of the great
public-political leaders of the Turkic world, the leader of the Turks
of Northern Cyprus, the first President of the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktash, his fight in the mid-twentieth
century for the rights of Turks living in island, and his political
and diplomatic activities. The book contains thoughts on the motion
of reconciliation, memories, thoughts on the past of TRNC, its present
day and future, as well as interesting information about the assessment
of the Turkic world.

During her professional journalistic activities, Pashayeva has
many times visited the island of Cyprus. Through these trips, she
has met with Rauf Denktash several times, interviewed him, preparing
programs and telecasts about him. The texts of interviews and telecasts
(including the still undisclosed part of the interview), as well as
books presented by Denktash to Pashayeva have been used in preparation
of this book.

The chief advisor of the book is the head of the TRNC representation
in Baku Zaki Gazioglu and editor is head of the World Union of Young
Turk Writers Akbar Goshaly.

Addressing the event, Pashayeva said that the thoughts of Heydar
Aliyev and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on the unity of the Turkic world
always live in our hearts.

"Our National Leader Heydar Aliyev has always worked to develop
ties between the Turkic countries, provide mutual support, mutual
knowledge and well-coordinated work of the Turkic states within the
organizations. Continuing this policy, President Ilham Aliyev also
pays special attention to these issues," she added.

According to Pashayeva, Azerbaijan's policy is aimed at an greater
convergence of Azerbaijan and Turkey, a greater understanding of
each other.

"In all possible ways, we should support this. To be closer, we should
know well each other. I considered it my duty to write a book about
the great personality of the Turkic world Rauf Denktash," she added.

In his turn, Zaki Gazioglu said that this book is an important step
towards further rapprochement between "our nations."

According to the Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic,
in today's world, double standards are applied both with regards to
both Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Cyprus issue.

"Some Western countries, who constantly speak about the human rights,
quietly turn a blind eye on human rights violations in Cyprus and
Karabakh issue. Turkey will always support the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan," said the ambassador.

In his speech, Rauf Denktash's son Serdar Denktash thanked Pashayeva
for her initiative.

"This book tells the Azerbaijani readers about fair fight of the
Turks of Cyprus. This book assumes great importance from the point
of view of familiarizing the Azerbaijani readers with our history,"
said Serdar Denktash.

Then, the event participants told about the importance of this book.

According to them, such projects should be approved in terms of
strengthening the Azerbaijani-Turkish brotherhood.

The book titled "Rauf Denktash: life, struggle, dreams, hope .... "
was prepared under Ganira Pashayeva's project "Get familiarized with
the Turkic world". The aim of this project is to help familiarize
the Azerbaijani youth with different regions, history and today,
the leaders of the Turkic world. At the same time, the goal is to
familiarize Turkic and whole world with the great personalities
of Azerbaijan and their activities. Within the project, articles
about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijan's world
known figures Nasreddin Tusi, Shahryar, Lotfi Zadeh, Tahir Salahov
and as the First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev
Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, MP Mehriban
Aliyeva, have been published in English in Azerbaijani, Turkish,
Russian and English in Azerbaijani and foreign media.

From: A. Papazian