Today, Azerbaijan
June 2 2005

Senator Charles Heigle: "It will cause serious anxiety if military
supplies of Russia are placed in Armenia"

02 June 2005 [15:53] - Today.Az

The USA Congress Senator Charles Heigle who visited Baku yesterday
held press conference yesterday.

C.Heigle was introduced to the journalists before the press conference
started. He was reported to have been serving in the Senate for a long
time, participated in the Vietnam War, founded mobile phone company,
headed investment company and he took his first independent steps in
the radio as broadcaster of talk-show.

Then the Senator addressed the conference. C.Heigle stated that, that
is his 9th visit to the region and 3rd visit to Azerbaijan. Stating
that, he started his journey from Turkey this time, the Senator
underlined that he will visit Georgia, and Armenia and Ukraine then.

He stated he conducted several meetings in Baku as well as conducted
talks with President Ilham Aliyev: "The goal of my visit is to
display devotedness in continuing the relations in the cooperation
in the sphere of democracy, security, economic development and energy
between the USA and Azerbaijan".

Responding to the questions, the Senator expressed his hope that free,
transparent, democratic elections will be held in Azerbaijan.

He underlined that, the USA always assists Azerbaijan in holding
democratic election. Stating that Republicans and Democracy
institutions of his country are functioning in Azerbaijan, the Senator
announced that the election depends on the will of government of
Azerbaijan and the voters at the result.

The senator expressing his relation to not allowing holding political
actions in Azerbaijan informed that it was not an estimable case. He
said that he hoped the Azerbaijani government would not impede the
opposition's holding the action on June 4. Charles Heigle answering the
question about establishing the Russian military bases withdrawn from
Georgia in Armenia informed that withdrawing the military equipment
from Georgia was good news: "However, if the military supplies of
Russia are brought to Armenia, this would give much trouble". The
senator considers that the military bases of the foreign country
should not be established in the territory of the independent country
in case it causes danger for the region.