BAKU: President wraps up visit to central regions

President wraps up visit to central regions

Azer News, Azerbaijan
June 10 2004

On Tuesday, President Ilham Aliyev toured Mingachevir and Yevlakh,
central Azerbaijan where he examined the implementation of the State
Program on Socio-economic Development of the Regions. In Yevlakh,
he attended the opening of a new avenue named after national leader
Heydar Aliyev on Tuesday.

Speaking before the region’s residents at the Heydar Aliyev Square
after the inaugural ceremony, the President instructed the Yevlakh
authorities to pay attention to the problems of the region’s residents,
entrepreneurs and farmers. Touching upon the conflict over Upper
Garabagh, Aliyev said Azerbaijan aspires to a peaceful settlement
and that the problem will be resolved even if Armenia stands opposed.

He said the key principle of Azerbaijan’s domestic policy is to
develop the regions and eliminate unemployment. President Aliyev also
visited the tractor repair plant and toured the construction sites of
the Yevlakh stadium and a pump station on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan
Main Export Pipeline. After visiting Yevlakh, President Aliyev
went to Mingachevir. In his statement at the inaugural ceremony of
a newly-built settlement for 412 internally displaced persons, he
said that in time all refugees will be provided with shelter. The
President then toured the State Regional Power Station, which
supplies 60% of Azerbaijan’s electricity, and the Kur riverside Rowing
Sports Center. He said that after the IDPs currently living on the
Sports Center are relocated, it will be renovated to international
standards. In a meeting at the Mingachevir Executive Authority,
President Aliyev expressed his satisfaction with the city’s overall
development and the private sector.