Assa-Irada, Azerbaijan
Feb 3 2005

Deputy FM denies reports on alleged talks over exchange of lands

BAKU

Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov has denied recent reports saying
that the issue on exchange of lands was discussed during the meetings
of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents and foreign ministers.
Certain progress has been achieved in talks on settling the Upper
Garabagh conflict over the recent years, Azimov told journalists on
Wednesday.
The dialogue conducted by the parties to the conflict, mainly
concerns liberation of occupied lands, return of refugees to their
homes and restoration of communication links between Armenia and
Azerbaijan, he said.
Azimov added that it is impossible to exchange views on serious
political affairs until all these issues are resolved.'*