Azerbaijani FM addresses ATA meeting

Baku: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has made a speech at the Youth Ministerial Meeting, organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), the main think-tank of NATO, as part of the meeting of NATO foreign ministers being held in the Turkish city of Antalya, the foreign ministry told APA on May 13.

Elmar Mammadyarov spoke about Azerbaijan’s contribution to NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and relations between the two countries. The FM said Azerbaijan resolutely completed its participation in the ISAF mission, made contributions to the mission in the form of significant military force, transit, training and financial assistance and continues its contributions to the Resolute Support mission launched in January 2015.

The minister noted that since gaining independence, Azerbaijan has faced a number of problems – an Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan that resulted in the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts which roughly makes up 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories, with over a million people turned into refugees and IDPs. Mammadyarov also mentioned the UN Security Council’s resolutions that demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of occupying forces from all occupied Azerbaijani territories have not been fulfilled to date because of the demonstration of a double-standard approach.

He also added that there are three basic criteria of regional development – security, stability, and continuity.

Later on, Elmar Mammadyarov answered plenty of questions about Azerbaijan’s energy policy and geo-strategic importance, its role in the region as well as the TANAP and TAP projects.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency