"Proclamations need to be composed by sender," Coss' assistant, Marge Sandoval, writes.
"Does the attached work?" the Azerbaijani government lobbyist asks.
As Elmar Chakhtakhtinski of Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy writes in an email to SFR, the lobbyists' proposed proclamation contains historical innacuracies:
Note that in its request the Tool Shed group provides the mayor’s office with false information about Heydar Aliyev, indicating that:
- he “was the first president of the post-Soviet modern Azerbaijan” (when in reality he was only the third president of modern independent Azerbaijan)
- and that he “extricated Azerbaijan from the Soviet Union” (while in reality Azerbaijan was independent for two years since 1991, officially recognized by the UN and major world powers, and completely free of Russian/ Soviet troops before Heydar Aliyev, a former KGB general and one of the top Soviet officials, came to power in a military coup in 1993).
Meanwhile, a commenter at SFR's original story has this to offer:...In reality AZAD does not represent any Azerbaijani opposition group or party and is not an Azerbaijani political organization.Rather, AZAD is an American non-partisan organization, representing the views of Azerbaijani-Americans and other individuals and groups within the United States who are concerned with the state of democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan. While AZAD is registered in Virginia, our directors are based in different states and we work with American public to advocate support for democracy in Azerbaijan and to promote the US-Azerbaijani relations based on these principles. This is our mission as reflected in our official registration documents and by-laws.Naturally, when Azerbaijani government’s policies and actions go against these democratic principles, we voice our objections and inform the public about the relevant facts.
Oh--so he's sort of like Ronald Reagan?Sick of Heydar Aliyev. You arrive at Heydar Aliyev airport, drive Heydar Aliyev avenue, pass by Heydar Aliyev palace and Heydar Aliyev exhibition center, Heydar Aliyev foundation and numerous parks named after Heydar Aliyev. His son runs the country, his picture is on the right corner of TV screen in all holiday days. FED UP! He did nothing good for this country. He established the system of corruption.