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President Aliyev: "Creation of two Armenian states can be a threat to Europe"

23 September 2006 [12:16] - TODAY.AZ
Nagorno Karabakh conflict is a big obstacle to the development of the relations between Europe and South Caucasus, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev told Bertelsmann Forum 2006 in Berlin.

"Europe should play decisive part in the settlement of the conflict and work for a peace accord in the region," President added.

"Armenia is the only state in the world without national minorities and in this regard, creation of two Armenian states is impossible and not in line with international norms and principles and poses a threat to future Europe," he stated.

Romanian President Traian Basescu supported the position of Azerbaijan and drew attention to the fact that defence of the rights of ethnic minorities must not violate the territorial integrity of a country.

"Ideas not in accordance with European standards will not be effective. Every ethnic minority can't establish its own state. There exists an experience of authority; the conflicts have to be settled on these principles," he said.

Azerbaijani President also answered questions on global energy, Azerbaijan's oil and gas policy, BTC and other projects, and international issues, APA informs.


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