Azerbaijan to Invite Armenians to Baku
Azerbaijan, Baku, 12 January / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / The Azerbaijani State will invite Armenians to participate in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rouse-Router workshop which will be held in Baku.
"Azerbaijan will send an invitation to NATO PA member-countries and observer countries to take part in the workshop," MP Siyavush Aslanov, a member of the Azerbaijani Delegation to NATO PA and Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, said to Trend.
The 68th NATO PA workshop will be held in Baku on 6 and 8 March 2008.
Jose Lello, the President of NATO PA, and David Hobbs, the Secretary General of the organization, as well as delegates, who represent over thirty countries, will take part in the workshop. Representatives of a range of international organizations will also attend the workshop.
Azerbaijan and Armenia broke relations due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which has been ongoing between both countries since 1991. Armenia cooperates less with NATO compared to other member-countries of the organization.
According to the MP, Azerbaijan will invite Armenia as the hosting country must provide participation in the workshop to all member-countries of the organization. If Armenian agrees to take part in the workshop, which will be held in Baku, then they will be provided with security.
Azerbaijan has been cooperating with NATO since 1994 within the framework of the Partnership For Peace Program. In 2004 a plan for personal cooperation was signed between Azerbaijan and NATO. Since 2007 the Azerbaijani Army has maintained NATO standards.