Talibov Vasif Usif oglu (b. 14.01.1960 Ashagi Aralig village, Sharur District) is a public official and chairman of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Assembly. He graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of Nakhchivan State Pedagogical Institute (1981) and the Law Faculty of Baku State University (1998). He started his activity in the Sharur District Public Education Department in 1976 and later worked as the Cadres Inspector (1982) and chief of the special department at the Nakhchivan Knitted Good Factory. While working and studying, he continued participation in active life as an intellectual, and his faith in his native land and people was indestructible. He was one of the front-rank adherents of the struggle aimed at bringing the people’s national savior Haydar Aliyev back as leader of Azerbaijan in order to archive the ultimate goal of carrying out reforms for the building of a new Azerbaijan, the protection of the district’s territorial integrity and the establishment of democratic values in the country. Vasif Talibov has in fact benefited from being nearby the wise leader Haydar Aliyev and has been his close brother-in-arms, taking an active part in pursuing reforms. Vasif Talibov worked in the position of Senior Assistant of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Assembly from September 1991 until April 1994 and First Deputy for Foreign Economic Links of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Prime Minister from April 1994 until December 1995. He was actively engaged in the creation and organizational formation of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) founded by the national leader of Azerbaijan, Haydar Aliyev. Elected the chairman of the NAP Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic organization at its conference held on April 8, 1995, Vasif Talibov is also a party figure. He realizes his activity on NAP’s governing authority, which is the leading political force of Azerbaijan society. On 12 November 1995, 5 November 2000 and 6 November 2005, he was elected a deputy of the Azerbaijani Republic National Assembly for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sessions, a deputy of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Assembly for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sessions, and the chairman of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Assembly at the first session of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Assembly held accordingly on 16 December 1995, 7 December 2000 and 28 November 2005. Worthily fulfilling the important position, Vasif Talibov is effectively operating on the adoption of the corresponding laws for implementation of the measures aimed at the establishment of civic society and legal state in Azerbaijan, further improvement of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic’s economy and culture, as well as the improvement of national welfare based on the political course set by Haydar Aliyev. Above all, he has skillfully solved the problems linked with the maintenance and strengthening of the territorial integrity of this area, which is of essential value for the republic.
The building, construction and reconstruction activities realized in the autonomous republic are closely linked with the names of national leader of the Azerbaijani people Haydar Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, who is successfully continuing his father’s line, as well as the chairman of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Assembly Vasif Talibov.
Vasif Talibov’s entire activity is directly related to the considerable political, public and cultural processes taking place in Azerbaijan, as well as its integral part, the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Normal relations have been established and several agreements have been signed with the neighboring foreign states of the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran due to the purposeful activity on his initiative. Such relations have been extensively helpful in the further advancement of free TRADE and economic links, as well as the development of science, education and culture in Nakhchivan.
From 1995 to 2005, around 100 modern general education schools were built in the Autonomous Republic’s cities and villages, new education buildings were constructed at the Nakhchivan State University, Nakhchivan Teachers’ Institute and Nakhchivan Private University, as well as buildings for the Nakhchivan Branch of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, and six scientific research institutes commenced their activity. At the same time, cultural and educational establishments, sport centers and administrative buildings were built in the Autonomous Republic’s cities and villages, in particular the city of Nakhchivan.
Many historical-architectural monuments of Nakhchivan, including the Momine Khatun Sepulcher, Garabaghlar Vault Complex, Yusif Kusеyr oghlu Vault, Khan’s House, Buzkhana, Imamzadeh Sanctuary Complex, Alinjechay Khanegah Complex, Ismayilkhan Bath-House, etc., have been overhauled and restored to the highest level. The home-museums of J.Nakhchivanskii, H.Javid, M.S.Ordubadi, J.Mammadguluzadeh and Y.Mammadaliyev have been reconstructed. Bahruz Kangarli’s name has been perpetuated and his home-museum has been built. The 150th jubilee of the distinguished pedagogue, educationalist and poet M.T.Sidgi has been celebrated, his plays published and his memory perpetuated. A monumental sepulcher has been erected in memory of H.Javid.
The international symposium “Nakhchivan in the international sources” (10-13.07.1996), held under Vasif Talibov’s leadership, has played a vital role in the objective study of Nakhchivan’s history from the standpoint of the people’s national interests. In reply to the baseless territorial claims of Armenian chauvinists in regards to Nakhchivan, the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic conducted an international scientific symposium together with the Azerbaijan National academy of Sciences, A.A.Bakichanov Institude of History, and the Academy’s Nakhchivan Branch and Nakhchivan State University (9-10.06.2006). Over 50 reports were given at the symposium attended by Turkish and Iranian scientists as well. In addition, the international symposium NATURAL Resources of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Ways for Their More effective Usage” was held (14-16.09.2000).
Vasif Talibov has signed a special decree regarding the study of the Gamigaya complex of historic-ethnographic monuments (26.04.2001), which is proof in stone that the land of Nakhchivan belongs to the Azerbaijani people. In accordance with this decree, archeological-ethnographical expeditions to the Gamigaya are arranged every year.
Vasif Talibov was elected a member of the Coordinating Council at the 1st Congress of Azerbaijanis Worldwide (November 9-10, 2001 Baku). Under the leadership of Vasif Talibov a new two volume “Encyclopedia of Nakhchivan” was published.