BAKU: Araz Azimov: "Armenia Cannot Change Map Of South Caucasus"


Azeri Press Agency
June 9 2008

Baku. Tamara Grigoryeva-APA. St. Petersburg meeting was of great
importance for familiarization of positions of the Presidents and
determination of closed issues", Araz Azimov, Azerbaijani Deputy
Foreign Minister told journalists, APA reports.

He noted that the meeting was politically important.

"Azerbaijan will make efforts for the solution to the conflict", he
said. Azimov advised opposite side not to prolong current situation
with the help of meetings and ensure political interests.

"We will not take off our hand from them. We will continue to provide
information about crimes committed by Armenians till the liberation of
our occupied territories. Azerbaijan has enough opportunities and the
President’s position is decisive. Armenia has limited opportunities
and no country supports its position", he said.

The Deputy Minister announced that Armenia could not change the map
of South Caucasus.

"There are three countries in the region-Azerbaijan, Armenia,
Georgia. We want the restoration of normal neighborly relations
between three countries. There is only one problem, which impedes it –
occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia. Armenian new authorities
should pass a decision on lifting of problem", he said. Asked which
point Azerbaijan will conduct negotiations, the diplomat stated that
Azerbaijan had conducted negotiations from the same point and it was
ready to continue it from same point.

"This point covers liberation of occupied territories of Azerbaijan and
peaceful solution of the conflict within the framework of Azerbaijan’s
territorial integrity", he said. Azimov stressed that Azerbaijan was
ready for compromise.

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