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  • BAKU: FM: In USA, wide range of issues of coop will be discussed

    AzerTag, Azerbaijan
    April 22 2006

    [April 22, 2006, 11:57:52]

    As was reported, visiting Moscow to partake at the sitting of the
    Council of heads of MFA of the CIS countries, foreign minister of
    Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov has commented position of Azerbaijan on
    a number of key questions of internal and foreign policy.

    In particular, speaking to representatives of the Russian and
    Azerbaijan media, the head of foreign policy department has declared,
    that during forthcoming visit of the President of the Azerbaijan
    Republic Ilham Aliyev to the USA and meetings with President George
    Bush, a wide spectrum of questions of bilateral cooperation, and also
    questions of the international and regional character will be
    discussed. According to the minister, one of the important themes of
    negotiations will be settlement of conflicts on the Caucasus. Also
    will be discussed issues of ensuring energy safety, combat against
    international terrorism, in particular, participation of Azerbaijan
    in anti-terror coalition.

    Making comments on the question, whether in the USA will be discussed
    the theme of Iran, Elmar Mammadyarov has informed: `The theme of Iran
    can sound in the context of regional policy. We do not have any
    problem with Iran, we have common borders, there passes a unique way
    of delivery of cargoes to Nakhchivan, isolated from Azerbaijan as a
    result of the conflict to Armenia. Iran is our close neighbor, we are
    united by much in the economic and cultural plan, the history, and
    religion, there lives many Azerbaijanis. Iran is the regional
    country, the regional leader and we support settlement pf the
    questions by diplomatic means, and any state has the right under
    control of IANE over peace development of atomic engineering'.

    The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan informed,
    that new offers during negotiations in Washington concerning
    settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are
    difficult for expecting. `Positions which were constant in Azerbaijan
    during 15 years, remain unchanged. We always supported and continue
    to support that the question should be solved according to norms and
    principles of international law, with known resolutions of Security
    Council of the United Nations, decisions of the OSCE. And there is no
    doubt, if we wish to solve the conflict really and that it
    periodically did not flash, the decision should be based exclusively
    on legality. Intermediaries try to find things in common to pull
    together positions of the parties. As to concept of
    `self-determination', by principles of international law, it does not
    mean infringement of territorial integrity. Self-determination of
    people or national minority is realized within the limits of
    territorial integrity, and Azerbaijan is from its part ready to give
    to the Armenian national minority within the limits of Nagorno
    Karabakh the highest degree of autonomy. This example is known for
    all and widely practiced in the world, in Europe', the Minister told.