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NO REVOLUTIONARY PREREQUISITES IN AZERBAIJAN

RIA Novosti

ISLAMABAD, April 13 (RIA Novosti's Yevgeny Pakhomov) - There are no prerequisites in Azerbaijan for any kind of "color" revolution, similar to the ones that happened in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov stated, while speaking with Russian journalists in Islamabad.

The official is a member of the delegation accompanying Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during his official visit to the capital of Pakistan.

"We remember that according to the theory of Marxism-Leninism, a revolutionary situation takes place, when the upper classes cannot rule in the old way and the lower classes do not want to live in the old way. Nothing of this kind can be seen in Azerbaijan," Mamedyarov was quoted as saying.

He pointed out that good relations are developing between Azerbaijan and Russia. According to him, regional unions, such as GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldova), complement the CIS rather than counterbalance it.

"We constantly look back at the Yalta conference. However, as time went by, the world has changed, and there are new challenges now," Mamedyarov remarked.

While speaking on the talks between the Azerbaijani and Pakistani leaders, the official noted that the parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the development of bilateral economic cooperation, the combat against terrorism, the regional situation and the reform of the UN.

Asked whether bilateral military and technical cooperation had been considered during the talks, Mamedyarov stated, ''The parties also voiced their intention to collaborate in the defense sector. However, the question has been only touched upon, and no specific decisions on this matter have been taken".

Azerbaijan supports Pakistan in its anti-terrorist efforts. "Since the very first day that the problem occurred we have supported the combat against terrorism, because Azerbaijan also fell a victim to terrorism. During a short time of independence there have been 32 terror acts killing some two thousand people," the foreign minister stressed.

According to Mamedyarov, Pakistan is unanimous with Baku on Nagorny Karabakh and maintaining Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. In its turn Baku promotes the development of the Indo-Pakistani dialogue on the Kashmir problem. Both sides are sure that problems like this must be solved in a peaceful way, Mamedyarov was cited as saying.

In response to a question about the priorities of the Azerbaijani- Pakistani economic cooperation, Mamedyarov said that Pakistan has announced it is going to join the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor, which will offer direct overland access to Europe to Pakistani goods.

"Baku acclaims Islamabad's intention to join the corridor," the official underlined.

The leaders also dwelled on the possibility to increase commodity turnover, agreed on arranging regular direct Buku-Karachi flights and considered problems of cooperation in tourism and cultural ties, the Azerbaijani foreign minister aggregated.



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