BAKU: Aliyev receives Ukran Supreme Rada Commissioner on HR

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
July 28

[July 28, 2004, 19:25:34]

President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev received at the
Presidential palace Ukrainian Supreme Rada Commissioner on Human
Rights Nina Karpachova on July 28.

Having welcomed the guest, the Azerbaijani leader expressed
satisfaction with successful development of Ukraine -Azerbaijan
relations in political, economic and other spheres.

Touching upon the results of his recent state visit to Ukraine,
President Ilham Aliyev noted that it had shown once again both
parties’ adherence to strategic partnership.

The Head of State pointed out that both Azerbaijan and Ukraine are
relatively young states, and that the process of building an
independent state requires more efforts in the spheres of politics,
economy and the priority one of human rights protection. In this
connection, President Ilham Aliyev stressed the importance of
cooperation between the two countries’ ombudsman institutes that,
according to him, is the new element in the social life of
independent states.

The Azerbaijan President highly appraised the Azerbaijan-Ukraine
human rights related cooperation in the framework of various
international organizations, especially, the Council of Europe. In
this context, the Head of State pointed to the importance of
experience exchange and coordination of efforts in this direction,
and expressed hope for development of cooperation between the two
countries’ ombudsman institutes in the future.

Having thanked the Azerbaijani leader for the warm meeting,
Commissioner of the Ukrainian Supreme Rada on Human Rights Nina
Karpachova advised that on the first day of the visit the members of
the Ukrainian delegation had visited the tomb of nationwide leader
Heydar Aliyev and his spouse Zarifa khanum.

She also passed on greetings and best wishes from the President of
Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to the President of Azerbaijan.

Noting the rapid dynamics of social and political life in the
country, the guest emphasized the importance of continuation of the
nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev’s political course aimed at
sustainable development of Azerbaijan.

Mrs. Nina Karpachova especially focused on her expected meeting with
refugees. Describing the hard living conditions of over million
people as a humanitarian catastrophe, the Ukrainian ombudswoman noted
that her country had always supported territorial integrity of
Azerbaijan with respect to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over

She also stated that anticipated signing of bilateral agreement on
ombudsman institutes cooperation would open a new page in the history
of relations between the two countries in the sphere of human rights

Stressing active involvement of 500-thousand Azerbaijani Diaspora in
socio-political life in Ukraine, Mrs. Karpachova thanked the
President for the constant attention and care about representatives
of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Azerbaijan.

She also expressed gratitude for the care about the crew of the
Ukrainian aircraft crashed in spring in Baku.

Present at the meeting was Commissioner on Human Rights of the
Azerbaijan Republic Mrs. Elmira Suleymanova.