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Latif Gandilov: "We expect Kazakhstan to be objective in the Karabakh conflict resolution during its chairmanship in the OSCE

31 July 2008 [17:54] - TODAY.AZ
Relations between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and on a high level and comprises over 90 documents, signed in the years of independence, said ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan Latif Gandilov, speaking on the current level of relations between the two countries.

Asked about the reasons of Kazakhstan's failure to support Azerbaijan initiated resolution in UN he said there are certainly some problems between us, especially, the one mentioned, but this misunderstanding will make us intensify our activity for Kazakhstan to understand our opinion.

"Anyway, this circumstance could not affect our relations, as Kazakhstan always supported the territorial integrity of government, which has repeatedly been staged on various levels. It was also confirmed by speaker of Kazakh parliament Kasimzhomart Tokayev, the second official of the state, during his recent visit to Baku on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Milli Medjlis"

He said the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries is determined by the fate and it is promoted by our national, cultural and ethnic similarities.

"We need each other. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are closely cooperating in transport and energy sector"

He said the relations in transport and energy spheres are a good indicator of level of ties between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, adding that economic interests always make the states closer in the political sense.

As for the soonest chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OSCE, he said Azerbaijan expects Kazakhstan to be objective.

"Armenian people have already self-determined. They have their own state. We, from our side, are able to ensure the rights of all national minorities, including Armenians, residing in Azerbaijan, in the framework of our territorial integrity. This principle is executed in a form of granting highest autonomy to the Armenian residents of Nagorno Karabakh.

He also voiced support for the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, stating, however, that it is primarily necessary to restore the territorial integrity of our country, release lands from occupation, return refugees there, create conditions for normal coexistence of both communities, ensure their rights, after which they can move forward to normalization of relations.

According to the ambassador, Armenians still attempt to mislead the society.

"For example, they state the need to define Karabakh's fate by way of referendum, though all Azerbaijanis have been expelled from Karabakh.  

He also spoke of the activity of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Kazakhstan and involvement of our compatriots into the sociopolitical life of the country of residence, stating that the Kazakh citizens of Azerbaijani origin should find their worthy place in the society.

"If so, they will be able to inform the society of the truth about our state and our people", said he and added that we should intensify our activity for the complete use of potential in this sphere.


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