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    Azerbaijan, Turkey support each other on Karabakh, Cyprus - leaders

    ANS TV, Baku
    30 Jun 05

    [Presenter] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his
    first day with a visit to the grave of [ex-President] Heydar Aliyev
    and then to the Martyrs' Avenue. The prime minister, who also wrote his
    thoughts in the memorial book, laid a wreath at the monument to Turkish
    soldiers who died while liberating Baku in 1918. He also made a note
    in the memorial book here. Then he came to the Presidential Palace.

    President Ilham Aliyev and Erdogan held a press conference.

    [Erdogan speaking in Turkish at the conference] We continue to take
    the same position on events around Nagornyy Karabakh. As for Armenia,
    Turkey will continue to stand by Azerbaijan just like it has done
    until now. On the Nagornyy Karabakh issue, our position is the same
    as that of the Azerbaijani authorities.

    We have responded in the same way to all the offers and demands we
    have received. The Council of Europe has recognized Armenia as an
    invader in Nagornyy Karabakh as a result of special efforts made by
    Turkey. Therefore, the invader must retreat from the occupied land.
    This must be done. Turkey is in favour of resolving this problem
    through dialogue, and this resolution is naturally connected with
    the behaviour of Armenia which must retreat from the territory it
    has invaded.

    [Ilham Aliyev] We are ready to do our best to help northern Cyprus to
    find a way out of isolation. The esteemed prime minister has already
    spoken out on this. I said today that various Azerbaijani companies,
    including travel agencies, will open their offices in northern
    Cyprus. Flights will be organized from Azerbaijan to northern Cyprus.
    All other necessary measures will be taken.

    I believe that a delegation of Azerbaijani business executives needs
    to visit northern Cyprus soon. We deeply regret that the referendum
    held in Cyprus failed to justify our hopes. However, nobody will
    allow our Turkish brothers in Cyprus to continue living such a life
    because of that. Therefore, the isolation of Turkish Cypriots must end.