Azerbaijan Attaches Importance To Cooperation With EU

AzerTag, Azerbaijan
25 Oct. 2004

[October 25, 2004, 23:54:41]

Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov met on 25 October
with a delegation led by President of the Project on Transitional
Democracies Bruce Jackson. The Minister expressed confidence in success
of the visit and provided the guests with detailed information on
priority directions of the Azerbaijan foreign policy.

He described the successful cooperation of Azerbaijan with such
international organizations as European Union, Council of Europe, NATO
including the country’s participation in the EU’s “new neighborhood”
program as a graphic evidence of integration into the European

Minister Mammadyarov also dwelt on the large-scale energy projects
implemented in the country He noted that Azerbaijan’s oil would be
delivered through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export pipeline to
the European markets, that would lead to further expanding of the
country’s cooperation with European countries in energy sector.

Touching upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh,
the Minister drew the delegation members’ attention to illegal
activities carried out lately in the occupied territories of
Azerbaijan, pointing in particular to illegal settling of ethnic
Armenians on those areas. The international community should express
its resolute stance on the issue, he said.

The parties also spoke of democratic reforms implemented in Azerbaijan
and discussed a number of other issues of mutual interest.