AZERI PRESIDENT AFFIRMS PROGRESS IN KARABAKH NEGOTIATIONS

Interfax
Aug 31 2009
Russia

Progress in the Karabakh peace settlement is a result of the purposeful
policy, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said at the Friday Ramadan meal,
Iftar, provided by Caucasian Islamic Department Chairman sheikh
ul-Islam Allahshukyur Pashazade.

Local television broadcasted the president's speech on Saturday.

"I can tell you that our efforts have brought the first results at
the negotiations," he said.

"We always said that the [Karabakh] problem could be resolved only
within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," he said.

"People in Karabakh can enjoy a high degree of autonomy within the
united state of Azerbaijan. These are the fundamental principles,
and any agreement must be based on them. We always said that the
problem would be resolved gradually. The proposals discussed at the
negotiations provide for a step-by-step solution," he said.