Azeri pressure group says anti-Armenian protests to continue despite arrests

ANS TV, Baku
31 Aug 04

[Presenter Leyla Hasanova] The Supreme Maclis and the Council of
Elders of the Karabakh Liberation Organization [KLO] held a joint
sitting today.

[Correspondent, over video of sitting] The sitting discussed
the sentencing of six KLO member to various prison terms [for
anti-Armenian protests in Baku], future activities of the KLO, the
chairman of which is in jail, and Armenian officers' expected visit
to Baku [for NATO exercises]. The KLO deputy chairman, Samil Mehdi,
will lead the organization because the KLO chairman, Akif Nagi,
received five years in prison.

The Supreme Maclis and the Council of Elders adopted a joint statement
as well. It reads that the sentencing of the KLO members is aimed at
breaking the will of people and public resistance as well as making the
KLO inactive. The KLO demands that its jailed members be released. The
KLO also declares that it will never agree to the Armenian officers'
presence at NATO's September event and will hold protest actions.

Mahir Mammadli, Ibrahim Telmanoglu for ANS.