Ukraine is for restoration of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity


June 4 2004

KIEV, JUNE 4, ARMENPRESS: The president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma,
endorsed Thursday Azerbaijan’s efforts to restore its territorial
integrity and bring Nagorno Karabagh back as soon as possible. At
a joint news conference in Kiev after concluding talks with the
visiting president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, Kuchma said there
were no disagreements in how his government and Azerbaijan evaluate
the situation in the South Caucasus.

“A spade should be called spade. It is a huge tragedy when 750,000
Azeris are forced out of their homes,” he said, adding that Ukraine
has always supported the principle of Azerbaijan’s territorial
integrity. Kuchma went on to argue that the OSCE Minsk group should
step up its work to help find a peaceful solution to the dispute.

Thanking Kuchma for his support, Aliyev said: “The truth is that
20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory is under Armenian occupation.
Unfortunately, some circles in different countries either do not wish
to notice this truth or wish to render it to oblivion.” He said the
conflict must be resolved based on international laws.