Doc. 11323 rev. 2nd edition

13 July 2007

Role of the NGOs in fostering inter-civilisation
dialogue/Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Written Declaration No 397


This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it

Whereas the issue of promoting dialogue between civilisations and cultures is high on the priority agenda of the European as well as the world community;

Whereas tolerance, both inter-ethnic and inter-religious, is an inalienable part of this dialogue;

Whereas the role of non-governmental organisations in the process is indispensable on both national and international levels;

Whereas the predominantly Muslim and highly secular Republic of Azerbaijan has been historically known for its traditions of ethnic and religious diversity and tolerance;

Whereas the Azerbaijani Government’s policy of promoting this diversity and opposing all forms of xenophobia and religious intolerance has been recognised by the international community on numerous occasions;

We, the undersigned, hereby emphasise the activity and experience of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the largest and most influential NGO in Azerbaijan, in the area of promoting inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, namely by:

-       conducting numerous forums and conferences, also international, on inter-cultural and inter-civilisation dialogue;

-       supporting, within the framework of Religious Address – Azerbaijan project, the restoration of an Orthodox church in Baku;

-       construction of a Jewish cultural complex in Baku to include a secondary school, kindergarten and Jewish Historical and Cultural Museum, in co-operation with the Or Avner International Foundation;

-       supporting, within the framework of Religious Address – Azerbaijan project, the restoration of several mosques in Baku;

-       printing Georgian-language textbooks for Georgian schools in Azerbaijan;

-       plans for conducting in 2008, in co-operation with UNESCO, a regional educational conference in Baku;

-       restoration of two statues on the World Cultural Heritage list in Versailles, France.

It is our opinion that this activity in the Azerbaijan-based Heydar Aliyev Foundation should be commended and made subject to a wider international study as a positive contribution to the ongoing inter-civilisation dialogue.

Signed: 1

PASHAYEVA Ganira, Azerbaijan, EDG

BJARNADÓTTIR Guğfinna, Iceland, EDG

ÇAVUŞOĞLU Mevlüt, Turkey, EDG

CEBECİ Erol Aslan, Turkey, EPP/CD

CHERNYSHENKO Igor, Russian Federation, EDG

EVANS Nigel, United Kingdom, EDG

GREENWAY John, United Kingdom, EDG

GÜLÇİÇEK Ali Riza, Turkey, SOC

HAJIYEV Sabir, Azerbaijan, SOC

HOOPER Gloria, United Kingdom, EDG

HUSEYNOV Rafael, Azerbaijan, ALDE

ILICALI Mustafa, Turkey, EPP/CD

JIRSA Tomáš,Czech Republic, EDG

KNIGHT OF COLLINGTREE, United Kingdom, EDG

KOROBEYNIKOV Anatoliy, Russian Federation, EDG

LOUTFI Younal, Bulgaria, ALDE

MARGELOV Mikhail, Russian Federation, EDG

MESSERSCHMIDT Morten, Denmark, EDG

MIRZAZADA Aydin, Azerbaijan, EDG

OSKINA Vera, Russian Federation, EDG

ÖZAL İbrahim, Turkey, EPP/CD

PIROZHNIKOVA Liudmila, Russian Federation, EDG

POPOVA Tatiana, Russian Federation, EDG

POSTOICO Maria, Moldova, EDG

SEYIDOV Samad, Azerbaijan, EDG

SLUTSKY Leonid, Russian Federation, SOC

STAPONKIENĖ Aldona, Lithuania, EDG

STEENBLOCK Rainder, Germany, SOC

UMAKHANOV Ilyas, Russian Federation, EDG

WALTER Robert, United Kingdom, EDG

WILSHIRE David United, Kingdom, EDG

ALBIJANIĆ Miloljub, Serbia, EPP/CD

ALIGRUDIĆ Miloš, Serbia, EPP/CD

AZZOLINI Claudio, Italy, EPP/CD

BANOVIĆ Donka, Serbia, NR

BARGETZE Rony, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

DUESUND Åse Gunhild Woie, Norway, EPP/CD

FROMMELT Doris, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

GARDETTO Jean-Charles, Monaco, EPP/CD

GLESENER Marcel, Luxembourg, EPP/CD

HAJIYEVA Gultakin, Azerbaijan, EPP/CD

IVANJI Željko, Serbia, EPP/CD

LINDBLAD Göran, Sweden, EPP/CD

LISEK Krzysztof, Poland, EPP/CD

MALAN Lucio, Italy, EPP/CD

MANDIĆ Andrija, Montenegro, EPP/CD

NEGELE Gebhard, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

PRESEČNIK Jakob, Slovenia, EPP/CD

STEPANENKO Vjačeslavs, Latvia, EPP/CD

TEKELİOĞLU Mehmet, Turkey, EPP/CD

WOHLWEND Renate, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

ZAREMBA Krzysztof, Poland, EPP/CD

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Total = 52


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group