VISIT OF THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF FINLAND TO BAKU RECEPTION AT THE AZERBAIJAN
PARLIAMENT

AzerTag
October 04, 2004

Foreign minister of Finland Mr. Erkki Tuomioja has arrived in Baku on a
business visit.

On 4 October, Chairman of Milli Majlis (Azerbaijan Parliament) Murtuz
Alaskarov received the Finnish minister and delegation he leads.

Greeting warmly the guests, Speaker of Milli Majlis recalled the kind
relations between the two countries, the group of friendship with the
Finnish Parliament in Azerbaijan Parliament, also stressed urgency of
creation of such group in the Finnish Parliament.

Head of the Azerbaijan Parliament updated the guests on the reforms
conducted in the legal, economic, political and other spheres, as well
as the accomplishments Azerbaijan has achieved, emphasizing that
Azerbaijan is themost developed country of the region, however, he
said, some problems, in particular, the unsolved Armenia-Azerbaijan,
Nagorny Karabakh conflict impedes progress in the region. Speaker of
Azerbaijan Parliament told of the history, reasons of the conflict,
stressing the non-consecutive position of Armenia related to the
problem, underlining that some states and international organizations
regard the question from the position of `double standards'.

Expressing gratitude for warm reception, Mr. Erkki Tuomioja stated
that his country is interested in development of links with
Azerbaijan. The country, therefore, considers necessary to make some
steps in this direction. Goal of the visit is to have exchange of
views on this and other issues, he underlined.

The Minister said that Finland wishes the Nagorny Karabakh conflict be
settled in peace way. The conflict should be solved only with the
consent of the sides concerned, but also with the participation of
international structures and Finland stands ready to render assistance
in this cause.

Also were exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.