"We must learn from history today. Why did the Republic live less than two years? Why did the Republic dissolve? Why couldn't the republic preserve its independence? These are questions. We should know the history to draw conclusions. We should not deceive ourselves by exaggerating some events. Why? Those events should now be repeated. Why? We want our independence to be eternal. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was established as a result of the collapse of the Russian Empire. Why? Because let our independence be eternal. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was established as a result of the collapse of the Russian Empire. The independence lasted only two years. Important steps have been taken.Independence was declared, state attributes were determined. The National Army, Baku State University were established, significant laws were adopted. However, we must also know that that independence is of conditional nature. The republic did not have full control over the territory of Azerbaijan. Certainly, we must never forget that one of the first decisions of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was giving our ancient city, Yerevan to Armenia. There is no justification for this and it can never be forgiven. Therefore people, especially young generation must know the truth. We must write and know history as it exists. History should not be repeated. It is necessary for history not to be repeated," President Aliyev also noted.
"70 years later, Heydar Aliyev raised our tricolour flag again in Nakhchivan. If you have the power, the flag will always be high. At the session of the Supreme Soviet of Nakhchivan, the state flag of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was adopted as the official flag. A petition was submitted to the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan to take the same step. They did not take the same step because they were afraid. At that time, the Soviet Union had not yet collapsed. They feared that they would be reprimanded from Moscow. Therefore, this historic day must always be our source of pride. As Azerbaijani people and Azerbaijani government, we must make our independence eternal, " President Ilham Aliyev underlined.