BAKU: Iran supports territorial integrity of Az. & this policy isunc

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
June 17 2004

[June 17, 2004, 19:08:59]

Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament Murtuz Alaskarov received the
delegation led by justice minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Muhammadismail Shushteri, 17 June, AzerTAj correspondent reported.
Touching upon the existing friendly relations between the two
countries Mr. Alaskarov expressed satisfaction with the current
level. A number of documents signed during the reciprocals visits of
the by heads of state set reliable ground for these links.

Azerbaijan has always been keen in expansion of ties with Iran and
this policy successfully continues today, he underlined. Highly
appraising the inter-parliamentary links, Murtuz Alaskarov emphasized
that there is a working group on cooperation between the legislative
bodies of the two countries. According to the agreement reached by
this Group and Parliaments of the two countries, members of
parliament of both countries have the same position in the
international organizations.

Updating on the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict,
Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament said that Azerbaijan adheres
peaceful settlement of the problem in the frame of territorial
integrity of states and international law. “We also highly appreciate
Iran’s support in this problem and hope that this policy will be
further continued”, Mr. Alaskarov stated.

Expressing gratitude for warm reception, Mr. Shushteri said that his
country is also interested in development of relations with
Azerbaijan. Approval of the agreements on cooperation in the field of
law-enforcement by the Parliaments eases our mutual activity.
Security of our citizens, legal environment for investment and other
actions have especially promoted our cooperation, he stressed. “We
are convinced that and the parliaments will benefit our common
cause”. Touching upon the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, the Minister
said that Iran has always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial
integrity, condemns the Armenian aggression and adheres peaceful
resolution to the problem. “This policy is unchangeable”, the Iranian
Minister underlined.