TAHMAZOV: LIBERATION OF LACHIN CANNOT BE SEPARATE ISSUE IN NEGOTIATING PROCESS

Azeri Press Agency, Azerbaijan
May 18 2006

"The liberation of Azerbaijan's Lachin region from Armenian occupation
cannot be discussed separately during the negotiating process for the
settlement of the Nagorno Garabagh conflict," Lachin governor Elbrus
Tahmazov told journalists.

He said that Armenians will not achieve their aims to discuss Lachin's
liberation as a separate issue in the negotiations. Tahmazov stressed
that the region will sure to be liberated either by peaceful or
other ways.

He also gave information on the people of Lachin who have become
internally displaced persons after the occupation. The region has
67,000 people, and now they have settled in 59 regions. Nearly 20,000
IDPs from Lachin have settled in Baku, Sumgayit and Absheron regions of
Azerbaijan. 17,300 of them are now living in Aghjabedi, Takhta Korpu,
(territory of Lachin) in 84 large nomad tents.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress