AZERI EMBASSY FILES COMPLAINT OVER AGREEMENT BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES IN RUSSIA, KARABAKH

Asbarez
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
BAKU

Azerbaijan~Rs embassy in Moscow has called on the Russian Foreign
Ministry to investigate a cooperation agreement between a university in
southern Russia and one in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a spokesman
for Azerbaijan~Rs Foreign Ministry was quoted by the Azeri Press
Agency as saying Tuesday.

According to Russian media reports, the two universities are the
Humanitarian and Social Sciences Institute at the Southern Federal
University and the Mesrop Mashtots University in the Karabakh capital
of Stepanakert.

Azerbaijan does not recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh
Republic and considers it a separatist government on ~Soccupied~T Azeri
territory. ~SAny action in the territories of Azerbaijan, occupied by
Armenians, without Azerbaijan~Rs permission is considered illegal,~T
spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told the APA.

The Dean of the south Russian university, Yuriy Volkov, played down
the cooperation agreement, saying that it had been signed during an
international conference in Rostov.

~SWe invited Baku State University and Tbilisi University to
the conference. Two people came from Stepanakert. They learned
our education program and asked us for text books and we agreed to
exchange them,~T he explained. ~SThis is not political. An education
center cannot be involved in politics.~T

~SProfessors asked us for text books and we agreed to send
them. That~Rs all there is to the document we signed,~T he said,
adding that the agreement did not require approval from the Russian
Ministry of Education and Science.




From: A. Papazian