Russia, Azerbaijan to discuss fight against terrorism

ITAR-TASS News Agency
August 13, 2004 Friday 9:49 AM Eastern Time

Russia, Azerbaijan to discuss fight against terrorism

By Elvara Bakhshiyeva


The fight against terrorism will be a key item on the agenda of talks
between the Russian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov
and Elmar Mamedyarov.

The Azerbaijani foreign ministers will make an official visit to
Moscow on August 17-19.

“Azerbaijan is Russia’s strategic partner in southern Caucasus,” a
Russian foreign policy expert told Itar-Tass, “our countries have the
same positions regarding the necessity to step up the fight against
international terrorism.”

The parties will pay special attention to the implementation of the
accords reached at the top level in the economic sphere, such as the
doubling of trade turnover and the development of the fuel and energy
sector, he added.

Lavrov and Mamedyarov are expected to discuss problems of working out
the legal status of the Caspian Sea and prospects of holding the
second Caspian summit.

Moscow welcomes the efforts to continue the Azerbaijani-Armenian
dialogue over the Nagorny Karabakh problem, and is ready to provide
an active contribution in the search for a mutually acceptable
settlement of the conflict, the expert said.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS