Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 12 / Trend T.Hajiyev /
The Baku State University (BSU) can not increase the number of foreign students because of problems with the dormitories, BSU Rector Abel Maharramov said at a meeting with the U.S. delegation led by Adjutant General Major General Myles L. Deering at the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
"People, who become IDP as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, live in the dormitories of the BSU. More than 1,500 students from 20 countries study in the university. We can not increase the number of foreign students due to problems with the hostel," Maharramov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
"Despite the fact that we live in a war conditions, the state pays great attention to science and education while forming the state budget," Maharramov said.
The meeting also mulled the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Deering stressed that U.S. supports Azerbaijan and the peaceful resolution of the conflict.
"The National Guard of Oklahoma is a partner of Azerbaijan within the framework of state cooperation since 2003. From this perspective, the Oklahoma schools are open to the Azerbaijani state universities, including the BSU," Deering said.
Speaking about bilateral cooperation, he said that they are interested in exchanging students and teachers, sharing of experiences.
Then the delegation familiarized with the BSU and the research laboratories.
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