Azerbaijan and Europe Can Act as Joint Donors for Development of Central Asia: UN Deputy Secretary
Germany, Berlin / corr Trend V.Sharifov / Azerbaijan can act as state donor or co-donor in joint projects with Europe on the development of Central Asia, Marek Belka, the UN Deputy Secretary and UN European Economic Commission (EEC) Executive Secretary, said in Berlin in reply to Trend 's question.
" Azerbaijan has many natural resources," Belka said.
Belka said at the conference 'New Asia and Europe: New Economic Partnership for the 21st century' held in Berlin that Central Asia is an important transport corridor for EU countries.
The EU is actively promoting the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline via Caspian ground and the Nabucco pipeline. Along with Azerbaijani gas, gas from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be supplied to EU countries.
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