Message of the Secretary General of the Turkic Council Ambassador Ramil Hasanov on the occasion of the 20 January - National Mourning Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

January 20, 1990, which is referred in history as "Bloody (Black) January", is not only a "Day of Mourning" for Azerbaijani people but also a milestone for being a "Day of Honor" that sparked their courage and determination to move Azerbaijan rapidly towards independence.

On the occasion of the 20 January - National Mourning Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Turkic Council and my own behalf I commemorate with deepest gratitude and respect our brothers and sisters who have been subjected to persecution and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for independence of Azerbaijan. 

Ambassador Ramil Hasanov
Secretary General of the Turkic Council