May 29, 2013 Wednesday 05:24 PM GMT+4

- Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will help ensure
prosperity and stability in the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan's
President Ilham Aliyev said here on Wednesday, addressing the
Azerbaijani-American Forum "Vision of the Future".

"The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the biggest threat to regional
peace. The region must be stable, secure and more integrated,"
the president said. He noted that international efforts aimed at
settlement of the conflict "have not yet yielded results." "We hope,
however, that the conflict will be settled thanks to the efforts of
the OSCE Minsk Group," Aliyev said.

He noted that Azerbaijan and the United States are partners in matters
of ensuring security in the region and the world. "We interact as
regards ensuring global security. Azerbaijan is a reliable partner
of the United States in the region and we corroborate in this by
practical deeds," the president went on. He said, specifically, that
40 percent of cargoes of the coalition forces meant for Afghanistan
are carried via Azerbaijan's territory. "This is the most stable way,"
Aliyev added. He also stressed that the fight against international
terrorism and ensurance of Europe's energy security are important
aspects of cooperation of the two countries.

Regarding the Southern Gas Corridor project, the president noted that
it makes it possible "to bring Azerbaijan's huge energy resources to
the European markets," to diversify gas delivery sources and increase
the country's export potential. "This stream of gas will not go to the
American market directly, but the United States supports this project,
as it promotes diversification of gas sources, and Azerbaijan is a
new source of gas," Aliyev added.

The forum is attended by representatives of 42 US states -senators and
congressmen, influential politicians, experts, and political analysts.

The debates focus on prospects for bilateral relations, energy
cooperation, Eurasian security, and other questions.

From: A. Papazian