Greg Laughlin

Former United States Congressman

Mr. President, I introduced you in New York as George Washington of Central Asia. I said this because, like the courage and efforts shown by George Washington in the early years of the United States of America, you also showed courage, determination and bravery in the early years of Azerbaijan’s independence. All Americans know very well that the decision to build two pipelines is the result of your personal determination. However, very few Americans know that you resisted to the demands of the Russian army to be placed in Azerbaijan and refused it with your own determination.

We have decided to inform our colleagues upon returning to the US in detail that you are doing a great work to establish peace and stability in the region.

It was under the leadership of Heydar Aliyev that Azerbaijan proved to the whole world that it wants to live independently and is capable of being the owner of its territory, its rich natural resources, and making independent decisions about all its resources.