AzerTag, Azerbaijan
Dec 3 2004

[December 03, 2004, 21:39:57]

President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev has received at the
Presidential Palace the director of the Center for High Defense
Studies (CASD) of the Republic of Italy, ambassador Pietro Ercole
Ago, December 3.

Warmly having welcomed the visitor, the Head of State has noted that
is pleased to see again him in Azerbaijan.

Having expressed to President Ilham Aliyev deep gratitude for warm
reception, the visitor has noted that the purpose of his visit
consists in carrying out in the country of seminars, and various
discussions connected to local conflicts. Mr. Pietro Ercole Ago has
emphasized that as the head of Ago Group of Committee of Ministers of
the Council of Europe directly watches process of the negotiations
carried out in the field of settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan,
Nagorny Karabakh conflict, and wishes quick peace settlement of the
said problem.

Then, informing the President of Azerbaijan about activity of
structure supervised by him, he informed that the Center being a
higher educational institution of the Armed Forces of Italy is
engaged in preparation of the local personnel in the field of policy
in military sphere. The Center carries out worldwide together with
the international organizations of conference, seminars, on these
actions are discussed ways of settlement of local conflicts. In this
context, the major task, Mr. Ago said, is settlement of one of the
heaviest for Southern Caucasus problems - the Armenia-Azerbaijan,
Nagorny Karabakh conflict. Mr. Ago has noted that the Center
supervised by him aims at studying the questions connected to the
settlement of the mentioned conflict, and wishes to promote process
of settlement.

The Head of Azerbaijan State has regarded carrying out of any
discussions, seminars directed on the resolution to conflicts, as a
positive fact. President Ilham Aliyev has recollected the meetings,
which have been carried out with Pietro Ercole Ago when he was the
head of group. Informing the visitor in connection with settlement of
the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, President of
Azerbaijan has touched the position of Azerbaijan and has once again
emphasized, that due to carried out successful internal and foreign
policy the authority of Azerbaijan has increased, its position has
become stronger. The efforts directed on the resolution of conflict
by negotiations within the framework of norms and principles of
international law, territorial integrity of Azerbaijan also continue.
Having noted that alternatives to this are not present, President
Ilham Aliyev has stated that only destructive position of Armenia
impedes settlement of the conflict.

Pietro Ercole Ago has expressed to the President of Azerbaijan
gratitude for a resolute and concrete statement of the position and
has assured him that the resolution of conflict would constantly be
in the center of attention of the structure supervised by him.

Head of the foreign relations department of President Administration
Novruz Mammadov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Italy to Azerbaijan Margarita Kosta attended the reception.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress