DEFENSE MINISTER: THE CONTINUATION OF OCCUPATION OF AZERBAIJAN’S TERRITORY WILL MAKE UNWANTED PROCESSES IN THE REGION INEVITABLE
May 21 2009
The US-Azerbaijan cooperation in the military sphere is developing
successfully, said Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Safar
Abiyev Thursday during a meeting with the commander of U.S. Armed
Forces in Europe, General John Craddock.
Referring to the evolving situation in the region, the Minister said
that until the Armenian armed forces leave the occupied territories
of Azerbaijan, the apparent tension in the region will further,
and as the opportunities for the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh
conflict will be exhausted.
Therefore, according to S. Abiev, Europe and the OSCE Minsk Group
should reinforce measures on Armenia, otherwise, unwanted processes
Craddock, in turn, also noted the importance of addressing tensions
in the region. He praised the contribution made by Azerbaijan in the
international security system and the participation of Azerbaijani
servicemen in peacekeeping operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and,
until recently, in Kosovo.