KHAZAR IBRAHIM: "THE NUMBER OF US CONGRESSMEN, SUPPORTING AZERBAIJAN'S POSITION AT THE HEARINGS, HAS RISEN DRAMATICALLY"

Today.Az, Azerbaijan
June 23 2008

Azerbaijan's activity, aimed at raising the military force, does not
pursue the goal to be above someone, but provides for strengthening
of military force and restoration of territorial integrity, said
spokesman for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim at a
traditional briefing.

He commented on the statements of Assistant US Secretary of State
Daniel Fried regarding absence of military superiority of Azerbaijan
over Armenia, made during the hearing in the US congress on the
situation in the South Caucasus.

Kh.Ibrahim noted that Azerbaijan conducts reforms in all spheres
including in the sphere of politics and they are intended for state
system consolidation.

"Fried's words prove that Azerbaijan, has reached success in its
development unlike its South Caucasus neighbors", said Ibrahim.

At the same time, he noted that pro-Armenian congressmen made
statements not complying with the real state of things and put their
interests above the interests of the United States.

"If we recall previous sessions, it should be noted that unlike them,
this time, the number of congress members, defending Azerbaijan's
position, has risen dramatically and Azerbaijan's position was voiced
by some congress members. This is a result of correct steps taken by
Azerbaijan", said Ibrahim.