USA to Continue Security Cooperation with Azerbaijan: U.S. Defense Department

Politics Materials 15 September 2008 13:34 (UTC +04:00)
USA to Continue Security Cooperation with  Azerbaijan:   U.S. Defense Department

Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 September / Trend corr. R.Novruzov/ The United States is willing to continue security cooperation with Azerbaijan.

The United States thanks Azerbaijan for security provision cooperation, Robert Moore, U.S. European Command deputy director of logistics and security assistance, said to journalists in Baku on 15 September.

"We will provide the future, security and freedom to our children through cooperation," Moore said at the opening ceremony of the 42nd Lachin School, which is temporary located in Baku's Bina settlement. The school, teaching the children from the families who moved from Azerbaijani Lachin region in result of Armenian invasion, was constructed through the funds of the U.S. Office in Azerbaijan.

A new academic year commenced in Azerbaijan today. A total of 122,546 children became the 1st class students of the general schools.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

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