BAKU: Press service of President of Azerbaijan reports

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
Jan 3 2005

[January 03, 2005, 22:56:27]

Meeting of the Security Council presided by President of the Republic
of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took place on January 3.

In the meeting, discussed were accomplishments reached in the
socio-political, economic and other fields in the country in 2004,
the tasks in 2005 and other questions.

Speaking at the meeting, President Ilham Aliyev has said: `I am very
pleased that we all have efficiently worked in 2004. Everybody in his
place has confidently managed the Republic. Mainly is that the policy
of our nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev has remained unchangeable.
This is a significant factor to provide our future successes’.

Noting that important steps have been made for social development of
the regions, the law on combat against corruption adopted, the Head
of State stated that new working places were opened and the works are
carried out in the field of dynamic development.

Touching upon the successfully going on processes of negotiations in
settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict,
President Ilham Aliyev has said: `It is possible to say a new phase
has began in settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh
conflict. There is a process called `the Prague process’ and I have
already stated that this means the step-by-step solution of the
problem and it is not easy to reach this. Of course, I do not mean
the question has found its solution. The talks are going on and we
use all ways to carry out the talks in useful for us direction.
Attraction of large world community to this question, discussion of
the problems with other organizations, that is with the non-connected
organizations – though the Armenians protest it much more and
strongly resist – we have reached this and I hope this will have
positive influence on the process of negotiations.

Speaking of the completion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan MEP in 2005,
successful continuation of the regional projects, including the
transport projects in the same year, President Ilham Aliyev has said:
`We, can, possibly, look forward with optimism to the coming year. Of
course, it will depend on our activity, our work. I hope, as always,
the government, and in general, the ruling power will worthily carry
out its activities.”

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress