BAKU: Azerbaijan parliament keen on dev. of relations b/w Az. & Ukr.

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
July 27 2004

[July 27, 2004, 22:01:19]

Chairman of Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic Murtuz Alaskarov
on 27 July at the Heydar Aliyev Hall met the delegation led by the
human rights commissioner of the Ukraine Supreme Rada (Ombudsman)
Nina Karpachova.

Greeting the guests, Speaker Murtuz Alaskarov said that today the two
countries have close friendly links, AzerTAj correspondent reported.
The relations between the countries have reached strategic
partnership level thanks to the expedient policy pursued by the heads
of the countries. Many documents have been signed during the
reciprocal visits of heads of state and government, and now there is
a good environment for cooperation between the Ombudsman institutions
of the countries, the Speaker said. The commissioner on human rights
has done a lot in development of protection of the human rights and
democracy in the country and achieved certain accomplishments in
international cooperation.

Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic adheres development of
ombudsman ties between Azerbaijan and Ukraine and stands ready to
render any assistance in this field, Mr. Alaskarov said.

Then, Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament highlighted the guest on
inter-parliamentary links, heavy sequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan,
Nagorny Karabakh conflict, ousting of thousand sof people form their
homelands, the UN resolutions on settlement of the problem, on the
useless activity of the OSCE Minsk Group and Azerbaijan’s flair

Speaker of Parliament expressed hope that this visit would promote
development of Ombudsman relations in the field of protection of
human rights and freedoms between the two countries.

Human rights commissioner of Ukraine’s Supreme Rada Nina Karpachova
thanked Mr. Alaskarov for warm reception and conveyed greetings of
the Chairman of Parliament of her country. The agreement on strategic
partnership let to expand links between the Ombudsman institutions of
the countries, she said. `We must take the maximum opportunity for
expansion our relations’.

Today, some five hundred thousands Azerbaijanis live in Ukraine and
their rights are protected. After singing of agreement on cooperation
between the human rights commissioners of two countries, these rights
will be ensured more reliably, Nina Karpachova underlined.

As for the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Ukraine
adheres settlement of this conflict by peace way and in the frame of
international laws, she stressed. `The Ukraine’s Ombudsman will make
every effort to bring the item to the notice of world community’.

The parties had comprehensive exchange of views on a number of other
issues of mutual interest.