Azerbaijan celebrates 21 years of independence

On 18 October 2012, Azerbaijanis around the world commemorate the 21st anniversary of regaining independence from the Soviet Union. Based on the declaration dating back to when Azerbaijan’s National Council first gained its independence on 28 May 1918, this Constitutional Act specified the basic principles of the state, together with the political and economic structure of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan.

Nationwide voting took place on 29 December 1991, when the Azerbaijani people unanimously voted for state independence.

Diplomatic relations were initially established with Turkey, Pakistan, the US, Iran and Israel, and the country currently holds relations with 158 countries and is a member of 38 international organisations. Azerbaijan joined the UN in 1992. It has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during 2012–13.

On this anniversary, TEAS wishes Azerbaijan a bright and successful future!