Trend, Azerbaijan
Oct 30 2010

Minister of Defense: If peace talks fail, Azerbaijan will use all
opportunities, including military to restore the country's territorial

30.10.2010 20:27 Azerbaijan, Baku, October 30 /Trend/

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Colonel-General Safar Abiyev made a visit
to The People's Republic of China on October 25-29. An official
welcoming ceremony has been held during his visit, said in the report
of Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan.

Abiyev met with Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation
Army, Colonel-General Chen Bingde on the first day of the visit. The
sides discussed bilateral relations in the military-political sphere
and the situation in the region. An exchange of views on cooperation
in military education was held.

According to Abiyev, China is a friendly country for Azerbaijan, and
one of the first to recognize the independence of our state.

Abiyev talked about the reasons of Armenian-Azerbaijani
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and reported on the current state of affairs
in this matter. He thanked China for its recognition of Azerbaijan's
territorial integrity and for support, saying that Azerbaijan supports
China in Taiwan issue.

Chen Bingde, in his turn, said that Azerbaijan has played the role of
a bridge between Asia and Europe. According to him, China supports the
transformation made by the Azerbaijani state in the country.

On the second day of his visit Abiyev met with the heads of Chinese
companies NORİNCO and POLİ. Minister was reported on the activities of
companies, the equipment they produce and the plans for the future.

Member of the State Council, China's Defense Minister, Colonel-General
Liang Guanglie, who invited Safar Abiyev to visit the country, said
that this visit will make a special contribution to the expansion of
cooperation between the armed forces of both countries.

According to Abiyev, Azerbaijan is interested in bilateral cooperation
with China. "Azerbaijan is constantly engaged in the fight against
terrorist, separatist and extremist activities, and is an advocate of
close cooperation with all countries in this direction", Abiyev said.

According to Abiyev, Azerbaijan's territory was subjected to
occupation, but it will necessarily be released.
"If peace talks fail, Azerbaijan will use all opportunities, including
military to restore the country's territorial integrity. Serious
preparation work is being made in our Armed Forces for this", Abiyev

Then Abiyev visited China Air Force division 24, where he was informed
about the history of the division, its current operational capability
and structure.

On the last day of his visit Abiyev met with the deputy chairman of
the Central Military Commission of the PRC, colonel- general Xu
Caihou. The sides discussed prospects of cooperation in military
sphere. Abiyev thanked Caihou for the support, which China has
provided to Azerbaijan in the sphere of military education. Issues of
regional security and military-technical cooperation between the two
countries were discussed at the meeting.

The fact that all Chinese officials expressed their support for the
territorial integrity of Azerbaijan during the visit draws particular

From: A. Papazian