Azerbaijan to Independently Develop National Security System and to Increase Defensive Capacity: Deputy Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 April / corr. Trend K. Ramazanova/ Azerbaijan intends to independently develop its national security system, security resources and to increase its defensive capacity.
"We believe that we are self- sufficient," Araz Azimov, the deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan said in Baku on 16 April, while commenting on Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation.
According to Azimov, at the same time Azerbaijan will develop contractual and collective relations with Partnership for Peace (PFP), OSCE, BSEC, GUAM and CIS.
Earlier, Azerbaijan stated that it is not going to appeal NATO about the membership. "The current level of Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation suits all the parties," said to media Ziyafat Asgarov, the first vice-speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament and the head of Azerbaijani delegation in NATO Parliament Assembly.
On 4 May 1994, Azerbaijan and NATO established the cooperation by the signing framework document - Partnership for Peace. Azerbaijan was one of the 27 OSCE member states and one of the first participants of this program. In April 1996, an official document was signed within PFP defining cooperation areas.
At present, Azerbaijan is fulfilling 50 partnership tasks in line with the program. The cooperation is carried out within the second stage of Individual Partnership Action Plan.