Azerbaijani Politics 6 december — 15:33

Jabbarov answers Simonyan's claims in Baku

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At the 14th meeting of the intergovernmental commission on the TRACECA project, which is being held in Baku on Friday, the Armenian delegation expressed a number of complaints, to which it immediately received a response from the Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan, Mikayil Jabbarov.

As Interfax-Azerbaijan agency reports, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia Armen Simonyan, speaking at the conference, said that he did not understand some of the events included in the conference program. In particular, he was wondering why the conference participants should visit the Alley of Honour in Baku.

Armen Simonyan

'The program for the participants of the 13th meeting of the IGC in Yerevan last year did not contain any thematic points with political overtones, although I think you know what historical tests we had to go through,' Simonyan said.

Azerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov commented on the claims of the Armenian delegation.

'Before we continue the conference, I would like to clarify the further work procedure and thank all delegations for their active participation in the anniversary conference. I cannot but touch upon the speech of colleagues from neighbouring Armenia. I understand their reaction, I think that it is necessary to divide into two parts. The first - in essence and in content, which gives TRACECA. I want to thank all the colleagues who, in their speeches, have quite convincingly, simply and with numbers expressed their opinion on this matter. For my part, I consider it my duty to dwell on the second part. First, because I understand well the reaction of our neighbours, since they came from Yerevan to Baku and see Baku with their own eyes. I understand that it is not so simple what they see,' said Jabbarov.

According to him, the Azerbaijani side prefers a constructive approach. 'We know that the destructive approach is simpler, more destructive and the results, unfortunately, of this destructive policy are visible in the neighbouring country (Armenia - Ed), which is isolated from a large number of projects, and it drove itself into that transport and economic impasse, where it is now and, apparently, doesn't want to get out,' he said.

The minister, referring to the program of the event, noted that 20 years ago, the TRACECA project became possible, including due to the active work of the National Leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev.

'Naturally, the Azerbaijani side, when drawing up its cultural program for the anniversary event, proceeds from absolutely understandable aspects of relations adopted in any civilised society,' he added.

Jabbarov asked the Armenian delegation to recall the monument erected in the centre of Yerevan (to Garegin Ter-Harutyunyan, who served with the German Nazis under the nickname Garegin Nzhdeh - Ed). 'Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazism, once again think about whether you are erecting monuments to the deserving people. And for you personally, as in the same film, we have an individual cultural program,' said the head of the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan.

The minister also invited the Armenian delegation to visit the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, which displays an exhibition on the history of the city in which they were born. 'It was kindly provided to us by our colleagues from the Georgian Museum, in which this exhibition is on an ongoing basis. Believe me, you will learn a lot of new things that you cannot read about the history of the Irevan khanate, the history of the founding of the city of Irevan. But this is only if you are interested. As for the TRACECA caravan, it will go forward, despite all attempts to the contrary,' Jabbarov added.

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