BAKU: MM chairman meets Ukranian ambassador

Azer Tag, Azerbiajan State Info Agency
July 15 2004

[July 15, 2004, 14:22:51]

Chairman of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan received Ambassador of
Ukraine in Baku Boris Aleksenko on the occasion of completion of his
diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan.

The Speaker highly appreciated the role of Boris Aleksenko in
development of relationship between the two countries. He noted that
the Azerbaijan-Ukraine friendship whose foundation had been laid by
nationwide leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev, had
reached today the level of strategic partnership. According to Mr.
Alasgarov, the bilateral relations have been given a new impetus
after the recent visit by President Ilham Aliyev to Ukraine. He
finally expressed gratitude to the Ukrainian government and people
for the support in the process of solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan
conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, and the hope that Boris Aleksenko
would continue to maintain contacts with Azerbaijan and contribute to
expanding bilateral relation during his follow-up activity.

Ambassador Boris Aleksenko noted in response that it was great leader
Heydar Aliyev who laid the foundation of the friendly relations
between the two countries: Heydar Aliyev not only overcame the
blockade and achieved the country’s worldwide recognition but also
rendered great help to the Ukrainian people, who will never forget
this good, he said.

The diplomat stressed that no matter who wins at the presidential
elections expected in Ukraine on 31 October, the attitude towards
Azerbaijan would remain the same. According to him, the stance of the
official Kiev and ordinary people as to the settlement of the
Nagorno-Karabakh problem will also remain unalterable.

Mr. Aleksenko expressed deep gratitude for the high award – the Order
`Glory’ – conferred upon him by President of Azerbaijan. He also
announced that the staff of the Kiev State University had given to
Murtuz Alasgarov the title of Honorary Doctor of the University, that
will officially take place during his upcoming visit to Ukraine.

During the meeting Murtuz Alasgarov and Boris Aleksenko have also
exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.