Baku Offers Tehran to Hold Meeting between Security Bodies
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend E.Husyenov / Baku offers Tehran to hold a meeting between the security bodies to solve Iran's disagreement on the announcement by the Azerbaijani Security Ministry on detention of a criminal group cooperating with the Iranian special service organizations.
"In a meeting with the representatives of the Iranian Foreign Ministry we offered to organize a meeting between the relevant bodies so that to clarify the issue," Abbasali Hasanov, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Iran, said in a telephone interview from Tehran on 17 December.
Last weekend the Iranian daily Tehran Times media reported that the Iranian government is dissatisfied with announcement spread by the Azerbaijan Security Ministry which indicated the relationships between the recently detained 'Said's band' in Azerbaijan with the corps of Iranian revolution's defenders Sepah, targeting seizing the state power by force. The Azerbaijani Ambassador was called to the Foreign Ministry of Iran to clarify the situation. Report spread by the Azerbaijan Security Ministry indicated the relationships between 'Said's band' and Sepah, the daily wrote. The Ministry voiced its disagreements which charges laid by some media outlets and sate bodies of Azerbaijan as 'groundless' and demanded Baku to make official apology.
The Ambassador confirmed his meeting at the Iranian Foreign Ministry. "We discussed this issue, but they did not address any note to Azerbaijan," the diplomat said. Taking into consideration the comprehensive and successful Azerbaijani and Iranian cooperation, the best method to solve the problem is to organize a meeting of the official of the Security Ministries of the two countries.
A verdict on the armed group known as Said's band (named after Said Dadashbeyli), was made in Baku on 10 December. The group arrested in January 2007 was accused of forced seizing the state power in Azerbaijan.
The Court of Grave Crimes sentenced 14 members of the group to the imprisonment term from 2 to 14 years. They are accused of state betrayal, arranging for seizing the state power, illegal preservation of arms and fabrication and spread of false money, preservation and spread of drug.