Baku, Azerbaijan, May 9
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
A delegation headed by Chairman of the Council of State Support to NGOs under the President of Azerbaijan, MP Azay Guliyev held meetings at the German Foreign Ministry, the Council told Trend on May 9.
Guliyev informed the head of the 207th report on the South Caucasus and Central Asia of the German foreign embassy Mark Bogdan about the comprehensive development of Azerbaijan and its role in the region, the Council's activity and grant programs.
While speaking about Azerbaijan's support for the civil society development, Guliyev stressed that the Council has funded more than 2,500 projects of NGOs covering various areas so far.
Guliyev stressed the importance of a meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani communities for the peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
He also emphasized the need for Germany's support for this initiative implementation.
Bogdan stressed that Azerbaijan is Germany's most important partner in the South Caucasus.
"Germany is interested in developing the relations with Azerbaijan," he added.
Bogdan stressed the importance of resolving existing conflicts to establish lasting peace in the region.
He also emphasized that Germany supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
Counselor of the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany Rizvan Nabiyev attended the meeting.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN