"IF COUNTRIES DON'T SOLVE NAGORNO-KARABAKH, THEY'RE GOING TO END UP FALLING BEHIND REGION" - US SECRETARY OF STATE

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
April 30 2008

Azerbaijan, Baku, 30 April /Trend News corr K. Ramazanova/ "If the
countries don't solve Nagorno-Karabakh, they're going to end up
falling further and further behind the region because the region
is moving on," Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, said in the
Peace Corps universal conference in Washington.

"Now, one of the problems has been that because of the situation in
Nagorno-Karabakh, all kinds of bad policies are tolerated, let me
put it that way, or excused by political leaders," she said.

She said there is still an important work to be done there to bring
that part of the Caucasus closer to standards that we thought they
were once meeting.

"I would love to see more volunteers in that part of the world, both
in places that are starting to move up and places that are still
mired in the kinds of problems that you have in Azerbaijan," Rice said.