BAKU: DM meets Latvian DM’s secretary

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
July 6 2004

[July 06, 2004, 13:19:38]

Defense Minister of Azerbaijan Colonel-General Safar Abiyev received
July 5 a delegation of Latvian Defense Ministry led by the country’s
Defense Ministry’s State Secretary Edgars Rinkevics.

Mr. Rinkevics conveyed Latvian Defense Minister’s greetings to his
Azerbaijani counterpart. He further noted that today, Azerbaijan and
Latvia are making their first steps towards development of bilateral
relations between the two countries’ Defense Ministries and stressed
the signing agreement with the Azerbaijan defense Ministry would
promote deepening of the bilateral cooperation.

Colonel-General Safar Abiyev told the guest of the establishment of
the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, reorganization of military colleges and
implemented reforms in this sphere. He noted that `Azerbaijan had
been closely cooperating with NATO in the framework of the
`Partnership for Peace’ program’, and that quite a lot of
representatives of the Azerbaijani armed forces are continuing their
education at higher military schools of many countries.

Asked of the perspectives of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict resolution, the Minister noted that the problem should be
settled in accordance with the international legal norms. In this
connection, Mr. Abiyev reminded of the four relevant resolutions
adopted by the United Nations Security Council, as well as
recognition by the US Department of State, Council of Europe,
European Union, Presidents of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine of
the occupation of the Azerbaijani lands by Armenia. We believe in
widening of this process and triumph of justice, he said.

The parties have also exchange views on the existing military
situation in the Southern Caucasus and Baltic regions.