Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
May 2 2008


Armenians in Azerbaijan Do Not Face Religious & Ethnic Intolerance `
Parliament's First Vice-Speaker
02.05.08 15:21

Azerbaijan, Baku, 2 May /Trend News corr I. Alizade/ Currently 50,000
Armenians live in Azerbaijan and they do not face religious or ethnic
intolerance. `No one can blame us in this connection,' Ziyafat
Askarov, First Vice-Speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament, said at the
meeting with the Bavarian parliamentary delegation on 2 May.


According to Askarov, Armenia committed ethnic cleansing and 250,000
Azerbaijanis living in that country were evicted from their
homes. `The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which arose from Armenia's
aggressive policy towards Azerbaijan impedes the development of the
country. Aggression is still commonplace,' he said.


The Bavarian parliamentary delegation headed by Manfred Ach arrived in
Azerbaijan on 1 May. Bavarian MPs will hold a range of meetings at the
Parliament, Foreign Ministry and Economic Development Ministry of
Azerbaijan.