BAKU: Azerbaijan, Switzerland: relations highly assessed

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
April 9, 2004

[April 09, 2004, 14:05:23]

Foreign minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov met the Chief of the
Political Directorate Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Mr.
Blaise Godet on 8 April.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov gave a high assessment to the relations
between Azerbaijan and Switzerland, underlining that he adheres
strengthening of bilateral links and widening of cooperation in
numerous spheres, the defense ministry’s press service told AzerTAj.

Then, minister Elmar Mammadyarov updated the guest on the hard living
conditions of the refugees and IDPs who were ousted from their
homelands as a result of the Armenian -Azerbaijani Nagorny Karabakh
conflict and on the work done for settlement of the problem. The
Minister also stressed the necessity of solving the conflict in the
frame of internal law and principles by the efforts of the
international community.

In the course of meeting, head of the foreign policy department of
Azerbaijan highlighted on the situation in the region, economic
reforms in the Country, development of the oil industry and other
accomplishments gained last years.

In turn, Mr. Blasé Godeth noted that Swiss Confederation attaches
great importance to expansion of bilateral relations between
Azerbaijan and his country. Touching the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorny
Karabakh conflict, expressed hope that the problem would be settled
in peaceful and in the frame of international law.

The parties also had exchange of views on a number of issues of
mutual interest.