ARAZ AZIMOV: "ENSURANCE OF SELF-GOVERNING STATUS OF POPULATION TO LIVE IN NAGORNO KARABAKH IS A COMPROMISE FROM AZERBAIJAN"

Azeri Press Agency
May 29 2008
Azerbaijan

Baku. Tamara Grigorieva-APA. "Armenia should leave its extreme
position - claim for separation of Nagorno Karabakh from Azerbaijan",
said Araz Azimov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

He said next steps toward the solution of the conflict depended on
the principal positions of the sides. Azimov said the meeting of
Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in June in St.-Petersburg had a
goal to clarify the position of Armenian new leadership. Responding
the question "Do you believe that Sarkisian will show constructive
position", the Deputy Minister said: "Hope springs eternal".

Araz Azimov said the principal position of Azerbaijan was bringing
the situation in Nagorno Karabakh under the vertical control of
Azerbaijan. "However, ensurance of self-governing status of population
to live in Nagorno Karabakh is a compromise from Azerbaijan".