BAKU: Azeri leader visits military unit in western city

Azeri leader visits military unit in western city

Space TV, Baku
16 Jun 04

[Presenter] President Ilham Aliyev is in Ganca [western
Azerbaijan]. Our correspondent Tural Museyibov reports from Ganca:

[Correspondent, over phone] President Ilham Aliyev is currently
visiting a military unit. The president has delivered a speech here. He
said that the entire Azerbaijani people marked National Salvation
Day yesterday. He celebrated this holiday with Georgian Azeris and
is now celebrating it with local people in Ganca.

President Ilham Aliyev said that anarchy and chaos had used to reign
in Azerbaijan, but now thanks to [ex-President] Heydar Aliyev’s
policy, anarchy had been eliminated. Azerbaijan is advancing towards
a successful future. He said that this policy was being successfully

He said that Azerbaijan is becoming more and more successful, social
problems are being tackled, the government is taking the necessary
steps to improve living conditions of refugees and displaced persons
who became homeless as a result of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagornyy
Karabakh conflict. Creating new jobs and strengthening the army are
the priorities. It is the duty of the leadership to support the army
and to improve the living conditions of servicemen.

The president went on to say that the liberation of the occupied
territory was the main task but the negotiations had yielded no
results. Azerbaijan is in favour of peace talks, but they will come to
an end. Azerbaijan will not tolerate the occupation of its land which
must be liberated. The propaganda of patriotism and mobilization
should be strengthened. We should all be like Heydar Aliyev and
continue his policy.

He also commented on the work done in Ganca. He said that he
was satisfied with the work that the authorities conducted. He
familiarized himself with the living conditions of soldiers and with
military hardware.

At the moment, the president is leaving the unit and heading for the
office of the executive authorities. He will hold a sitting there
and discuss the construction of an airport in Ganca.