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NATO is concerned replacing of military bases withdrawn from Georgia to Armenia

25 June 2005 [08:51] - TODAY.AZ
NATO Deputy Secretary-General John Colston and chairman of Sate Border Service (SBS) lieutenant-general Elchin Guliyev met media representatives.
Responding to the questions of the journalists, J.Colston stated that, NATO recognizes   independence, territorial integrity of the member countries and the countries it cooperates in the frame of partnership. The organization supports the efforts of OSCE Minsk Group in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, backs the solution of the problem in this frame.

Expressing opinion on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and remaining of 132 km of border region with Iran without control, J.Colston expressed his concern about the existence of the territories without control in the region. He also stressed that NATO member countries are concerned about the dislocation of Russian military bases withdrawn from Georgia in Armenia:”NATO highly appreciate the contract signed between the two countries on withdrawing the military bases of Russia from Georgia and offers its assistance to comply with this contract. However, the allied states have a concern in delivering the military equipments to Russia fully. The organization will inform Russia about its concern”.

Reminding his meetings with Azerbaijani state officials in the frame of the visit, J.Colston stated that they didn’t conduct discussion on dislocating NATO bases in Azerbajijan.According to him, none of the sides had any suggestion regarding this at all and NATO does not consider it necessary. Highly appreciating Azerbaijan-NATO relations, J.Colston told that these relations will be perspective:”The relationships are in high level at the moment. I hope these relations will further develop”.



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