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Azeri Ruling Party Official Says U.S. Statement on Karabakh "very important"

BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom

April 5, 2001

[Presenter] Good evening. Point of View is on the air. Judging by a news conference by the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in the USA, it is too early to say whether the positions will get closer soon.

A BBC reporter reports from the USA on the presidents' meeting]

[Presenter] Ali-muallim, can you comment on the meeting in the USA?

[The secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party, Ali Ahmadov]
This was the latest report about the talks but it does not have any details, which is natural considering that the meetings and talks are held in quite secretive circumstances, which is understandable. I would like to note that the entire international community, including Azerbaijan and Armenia, expect important results from these talks. There are certain grounds for that. It is clear that the negotiating process is held in quite a tense atmosphere. But it would be naive to expect decisive results from these meetings. There will be more such meetings.

However, certain results can be expected from these talks because the US State Department issued a very significant statement on the history of Nagorno Karabakh. Even though there was nothing new in the statement - the entire world knows the truth about Karabakh - I regard it as very important. The new and very important point in this is that by issuing this statement, the US administration showed the position of the USA on the history and reality of the Nagornyy Karabakh conflict and its consequences. The position is that they emphasized historical facts about Nagorno Karabakh and stressed that it is historically Azerbaijani territory.

The statement said that as a result of the 1813 treaty [Gulustan treaty, dividing Azerbaijan between Russia and Iran], Armenians were settled in Karabakh and Azerbaijani Turks were ousted from Karabakh. In this context, I would like to note that yesterday some media misinterpreted the statement. The truth is that after 1813, the Turkic population was expelled, while Armenians were settled. I believe that this statement inflicts serious damage on Armenia, which since the beginning of the conflict has always tried to strengthen its position. This is a very important statement.

Source: ANS TV, Baku, in Azeri 1630 gmt, April 4, 01

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