The United States attaches great importance to the development of cooperation with Azerbaijan, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku on Monday, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's website reported.
Rubin appreciated Azerbaijan's contribution as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in ensuring peace and security in the world.
At the meeting Mammadyarov expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries and stressed great potential for its development.
Mammadyarov also stressed the necessity for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's occupied territories, expressing regret over Yerevan's destructive position.
The sides discussed regional and international issues.****
US-Azerbaijani relationship becomes wider and deeper, Deputy Assistant
Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Eric Rubin
said during a press conference in Baku on Monday.
"Opening of Khankendi airport should be settled diplomatically," Rubin said.
U.S is the one of OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, and we strongly
support the efforts of the Minsk group. The co-chairs made a statement
concerning the issue of Khankendi airport opening. This is important for
all delicate issues to be settled diplomatically through negotiations,"
"Such kind of things make a step back in negotiation
process, such kind of things could make it harder to achieve progress of
a negotiating process. We share the co-chairmen's view, the questions
like this should be settled diplomatically," Rubin said.
to him, the meeting of presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia are often
organized by the Minsk group. But we obviously believe it would be
helpful for the leaders to meet, this is something that has to be agreed
by the both countries and the co-chairs.
Commissioning the airport in Khankendi is an open violation of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
has banned the use of the airspace of Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by
Armenia, as no one can guarantee a safe air corridor in the area, the
head of the Azerbaijani Civil Aviation Administration, Arif Mammadov
He said Armenia's steps directed towards the
operation of the airport in Khankendi are attempts to violate
international legal norms. This air space belongs to Azerbaijan, so its
use by Armenia is impossible.
The International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) and the European Civil Aviation Conference (ICAC)
also support the position of Azerbaijan on this issue.
conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when
Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed
forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the
Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
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
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N.
Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the
Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.