Azeri ministry denies protest at Armenian presence at NATO drills

Turan news agency
3 Sep 04

Baku, 3 September: The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has denied
reports by some media outlets that the ministry has sent a note to
NATO protesting a visit by Armenian officers to Baku to attend NATO's
Cooperative Best Effort 2004 exercises (13-26 September).

Turan was told by the Foreign Ministry that the Azerbaijani side had
issued no protest. "Our representatives in Brussels are continuing
consultations with the NATO headquarters, explaining our position on
the participation of Armenian officers in the Baku-hosted exercises,"
a Foreign Ministry press service official said.

At the same time, he noted that Azerbaijan should follow its
commitments assumed within the framework of NATO's Partnership for
Peace programme.