BAKU: Aliyev received head of OSCE Baku office

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
July 23 2004

[July 23, 2004, 19:06:28]

President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev received the newly
appointed head of the OSCE Baku Office ambassador Maurizio Pavesi, 23

President Ilham Aliyev congratulated Mr. Maurizio Pavesi on his new
mission and wished success in his activity in the Country.

Noting that Azerbaijan is the OSCE member and takes regular part in
the arraignments of the Organization, head of Azerbaijan state said
that the Republic attaches great significance to cooperation with
this Organization.

Touching upon the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny
Karabakh conflict, President Ilham Aliyev said that OSCE Minsk Group
is engaged in resolution of the conflict, at the same time stressed
that hitherto it has failed in finding solution to the problem. Head
of Azerbaijan state underlined that the conflict jeopardizes
stability and security in the entire region and it can be settled
only in the frame of international laws and principles. He stated
that Azerbaijan makes great contribution in ensuring safety in the
region and the Republic takes active part in the regional projects.
All these serve strengthening of peace and safety in the region. Head
of Azerbaijan state underlined that in Azerbaijan economy develops
intensively and it has notable influence on the entire development of
the region, Social problems are solved successfully and a lot is
being done to better the life conditions of over one million of
refugees and IDPs who as a result of Armenian aggression were ousted
form their homelands, the president said.

Noting success of the democratization process in the Republic,
President of Azerbaijan dwelt on the active cooperation with the
international organizations. Azerbaijan has fully implemented its
obligations before the council of Europe since it became its member
three years ago.

President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that integration of the Country
to the European structures and European family would successfully
continue in the years ahead and OSCE will assist to Azerbaijan in all
these processes.

Expressing his gratitude to President Ilham Aliyev for sincere
reception, Mr. Maurizio Pavesi said the Organization he represents
bases on principles of strengthening of cooperation in Europe, noted
that Azerbaijan and OSCE are successfully cooperating. The guest
expressed confidence that this cooperation would further continue and
he personally would make his contribution to the existing relations
between Azerbaijan and the Organization.

Head of the foreign relations department of President Administration
Novruz Mammadov took part at the reception.