BAKU: Azeri efforts to bar Karabakh’s international telecom accessst

Azeri efforts to bar Karabakh’s international telecom access still fruitless

Azad Azarbaycan TV, Baku
4 Jun 04

[Presenter] The work of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications
and Information Technology to bar the international access of the
Karabakh Telecom company has been fruitless. In a news conference
at the headquarters of the New Azerbaijan Party today, Minister of
Communications and Information Technology Ali Abbasov said that the
countries offering roaming services are responsible for the issue.

[Correspondent over video of the news conference] The removal from
the GSM system of the Karabakh Telecom company, which is operating on
the occupied [Azerbaijani] lands, depends on the countries offering
roaming services to the separatists. Minister of Communications and
Information Technology Ali Abbasov said that Baku’s work in this
sphere was still fruitless.

[Abbasov speaking at the news conference] The GSM Association can
deprive them of roaming services. It can appeal to those countries,
asking them not to offer roaming services to the company. However,
it is impossible to force them to do this.

[Correspondent] The minister said that serious steps will be taken
in the near future to maintain the country’s information security.

[Abbasov] A project is being drawn up to create a new telephone
and information system in order to ensure the country’s information
technology. After a certain period, I think, the Azerbaijani National
Security Ministry and the state security department [as heard] will
take complete control of all this.

[Correspondent over video] Mr Abbasov said that the new project will
also ensure the security of Azerbaijani web sites.

[Passage omitted: About privatization plans in the telecom sphere]

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