Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
May 31 2005

BRIEFING AT THE AZERBAIJAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY
[May 31, 2005, 17:01:17]

Araz Azimov, deputy foreign minister of the Azerbaijan Republic and
special representative of the Azerbaijan President on the Karabakh
issue has held a briefing on May 30 dedicated to the course of the
talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Araz Azimov told about the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian
Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharian in Warsaw, calling it
productive and significant from the point of view of holding useful
discussions. Deputy Foreign Minister reminded that after the Warsaw
talks the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs arrived in Azerbaijan and held
meetings with President Ilham Aliyev and foreign minister Elmar
Mammadyarov.

According to Araz Azimov, a meeting of Azerbaijan and Armenian foreign
ministers is scheduled in mid-June. In his opinion Azerbaijan position
over the Karabakh issue at the international arena is being specified
in more detail. The most important thing is that the number of those,
who support Azerbaijan' stand increases, he stated. Azerbaijan has a
specific concept on the peace talks, its principles and details are
based on the international law principles.

In Araz Azimov's words, "release of the occupied Azerbaijan's
territories, return of forced migrants to their houses, the status
of Nagorno Karabakh, security guarantees to representatives of both
communities of the region, restoration of the communication system and
other questions" are subject to negotiations. The Azeri Deputy Foreign
Minister said that Azerbaijan has chosen the way of integration and
successfully proceeds along that way.

Mr. Azimov said "after the liberation of the occupied territories and
the solution of these problems, normal relations will to all appearance
be established between Armenia and Azerbaijan." He also stated that
"the occupied Azerbaijani territories are uncontrolled and there is
a danger thereupon that certain arms are concealed there".