Azerbaijan and USA to Discuss Security Problems
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend E.Huseynov, A.Gasimova / Azerbaijan and the USA intend to the hold next annual security consultations and discuss all spectrums of issues in this area. The Head of Office for Public Affairs of the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, Jonathan Henick, said that the consultations will take place on 9 July. The US delegation in the talks will be headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Military and Political Affairs, John Rood. In addition, the delegation will include the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Matthew Bryza and representatives from the US Defense Ministry. The Azerbaijani delegation, which includes representatives of various ministries and departments, will be headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Araz Azimov.
"As usual, the talks will include all spectrums of security issues with regards to the bilateral relations, as well as cooperation in fighting against terrorism, military assistance, support to peace, NATO-Azerbaijan Individual Partnership Plan and military reforms," Henick said.
The Azerbaijan-US security consultations, originally scheduled for 23-25 April, were delayed by the Azerbaijani government. Baku protested the changes made by the US Department of State on 20 April to its Human Rights Practices Report issued on 6 March, which indicated the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven districts attached to it by Armenia.
In this respect Baku postponed the visit to Washington for security consultations, of the government delegation headed by Deputy foreign minister, Araz Asimov. However, on 25 April the US Department of State restored the report to its original version and Baku and Washington confirmed a new date for consultations.