OFFICIAL URGES ARMENIA TO VACATE LANDS TO BECOME AZERBAIJAN'S FRIEND

ANS TV, Baku
4 May 04

(Presenter) Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov has made a
statement. He said that Armenia would benefit from cooperation and
peace with Azerbaijan.

(Araz Azimov, speaking to microphone) Armenia must understand that for
Azerbaijan to become its friend and close neighbour it must leave
Azerbaijan's (occupied) lands and establish cooperation. Azerbaijan
will gain more than it loses through such cooperation. I think that
Armenia is the main loser today. As time goes by, the situation does
not develop in accordance with their interests.

This is our position. As for the use of levers of power, we are not
saying it's our condition but if all resources are used up and the
issue is not resolved, we will be obliged to act (as heard).