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    Azeri president, NATO chief discuss ties, Karabakh

    Xalq Qazeti, Baku
    20 Mar 04

    Text of unattributed report by Azerbaijani newspaper Xalq Qazeti on 20
    March headlined "Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has met the NATO

    A special correspondent of Azartac news agency reports from Bratislava
    that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met NATO Secretary-General
    Jaap de Hoop Scheffer within the framework of his visit to Slovakia on
    19 March.

    The meeting, which was held in an atmosphere of sincerity, discussed
    existing ties between NATO and Azerbaijan, out country's integration
    into the Euroatlantic structures and preparations for a NATO summit to
    be held in Istanbul this June.

    Having emphasized that he attaches major importance to cooperation
    with NATO, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan's partnership with this
    organization has a progressive nature. Speaking about the importance
    of integration into the Euroatlantic structures, Aliyev added that
    Azerbaijan would continue its policy in this field.

    Scheffer stressed that NATO was paying major attention to the South
    Caucasus and described Azerbaijan as an important partner of this

    The meeting discussed a number of issues regarding Azerbaijan-NATO
    cooperation, especially an action plan on military cooperation with
    NATO prepared in Azerbaijan.

    The meeting also discussed the situation in the South Caucasus and
    prospects for the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagornyy
    Karabakh conflict. Scheffer emphasized that NATO was in favour of a
    swift peaceful settlement to the conflict, which is of special
    importance to NATO.