AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT PAYS A VISIT TO SUMGAYIT

Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan, pays a visit to Sungayit on Friday.

He participated at the opening ceremony of the monument to Heydar Aliyev, the former President of Azerbaijan, Trend reports.

In his remarks, the President mentioned Heydar Aliyev’s important contribution to the development of Sumgayit, including establishment of the industry potential of the city.

He noted that over the last 6 months the country’s economic development comprised 20%, which is a very significant indicator.

The President said that the program on poverty reduction was successfully implemented, but problems still remain. “Despite decrease, the level of unemployment is high as usual. However, the work in this direction will be continued.

I would like Azerbaijani residents to live well and get high salary,” Aliyev stated. He assured the participants of the ceremony that housing problems such as water supply, energy supply, gas supply would be settled.

The President also mentioned the construction of 506 megawatt Sumgayit power station, which will lead to provision of energy safety of the country.

Touching upon the forthcoming parliamentary elections, Aliyev noted that the Azerbaijani Election Code would be observed, the election would be held in democratic and transparent conditions.

He also stressed that local bodies should not interfere to the citizens’ voting. “I’m sure that the wise Azerbaijani people will make a right choice and elect candidates, who will serve for the welfare of the people. The same time there is no place for persons brought the country to chaos in the past,” he said.

According to Aliyev, the public budget for 2006 will comprise at least 3 billion manats. The public budget for 2005 was increased by 40% as compared 2004, the military expenditures - 76%.

“The military expenditures will also have to be increased by 76%. We must completely use an opportunity of peaceful negotiations on settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Necessary measures will be taken in case of their failure,” Aliyev stated.

Aliyev’s visit to Sumgayit continues.

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