Admission to NATO to be Discussed in Azerbaijan-US Military Consultations: Ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, 24 June / corr. Trend M. Aliyev/ Azerbaijan's admission to NATO will be one of the subject of discussions during the Azerbaijan-US consultations on security to be held in Baku, Anne Derse, the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan said to journalists on 24 June.
The Ambassador expressed her hope that the military consultations where a wide range of security issue will be discussed will be held in June 2008.
The military consultations between Azerbaijan and the United States have been held for already 10 years.
Araz Azimov, the deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan and high rank officials of the appropriate ministries of Azerbaijan will represent Azerbaijan in the consultations.
The Azerbaijan-US security consultations were to be held on 23 to 25 April in Washington, but they were postponed by the official Baku because of the amendments by the US State Department to the report on situation of human rights in Armenia published on 6 March. The initial draft of the report indicated the fact of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and its 7 surrounding regions have been occupied by Armenia. However, this formula was changed on 20 April.
The US official representatives substantiated the changes by saying that their previous positions were wrong. Therefore, the official Baku postponed the visit of the government delegation headed by Azimov to Washington to hold security consultations.
On 25 April, the State Department restored the initial draft of the report.
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