The first stage of the Individual partnership plan between Azerbaijan and NATO can be considered as success, the NATO general secretary` s special representative for South Caucasus and Central Asia, Robert Simons told at the press-conference in Baku on April 11, Trend reports.
The partnership plan is already one year old. At this stage we positively regard this partnership and expect to develop it further, he said. Thus, some changes are needed to be introduced to the given plan. NATO also has some proposals on that matter.
Azerbaijan has an important role in cooperation with the Alliance among all the partner states, Simons said. Speaking about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict he assured that all conflicts in the region are closely observed by NATO. And it hopes that this conflict in particular will soon be resolved. As such conflicts not only prevent countries from joining NATO but also from cooperating with each other.
NATO position towards the conflict is identical to that of OSCE. Dislocation of NATO peacekeepers can only be done with the both sides agreeing.
The Azerbaijani vice foreign minister, Araz Azimov expressed his satisfaction in the talks with Simmons. He said that Azerbaijan is ready for developing cooperation with NATO.