Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence - Sixth Report


Supplementary Memorandum submitted by HE Mr Mahmud Mamed-Kuliyev, Ambassador of the Azerbaijan Republic


  Being a single geographical region Southern Caucasus is not single from political point of view. Southern Caucasus at present is a very good example of attempts to create lines of division in the best traditions of "cold" war. Deployment of the Russian military bases and continuing supply of the Russian weaponry to Armenia promotes policy of the Russian military dominance, hinders independent development of states in the region, and, as a result, creates confrontation of blocks and unions. The Russian-Armenian strategic union has obvious anti-NATO, anti-Turkey and anti-Azerbaijan character.

  The current situation in the region with the Russian dominance and unsolved conflicts brings Southern Caucasus to isolation and includes it into the Russian sphere of military-political influence which puts Azerbaijan in unacceptable conditions.

  Azerbaijan's aim is integrated partnership with NATO on the level which is close to the membership. This kind of partnership will, generally, meet geopolitical interests of both the West and Azerbaijan, considering, at the same time, a development of strategic projects, related to East-West corridor.

  Existence of political consent with regard to this level of relationship, should bring practical co-operation on the same level. Azerbaijan fulfills its individual partnership programme but it is not enough for developed co-operation with NATO.

  Obviously, technical and practical support by NATO member-states is needed. In general, being justified from geopolitical point of view, interest of NATO to the region of the Southern Caucasus should be materialised in practical projects.

  Expansion of NATO and accepted three new members should be organically complemented by special bilateral relations of NATO with interested partners, and, first of all, with Azerbaijan.

  Establishment of NATO Information Office in Baku will strengthen real co-operation of Azerbaijan with this Organisation.

  There exist also a number of measures and proposals in military-technical and military spheres and also in the sphere of security of pipelines and oil and gas fields, coastal protection, air control and sea surface control systems in Azerbaijan's national sector of Caspian, struggle with terrorism and spread of dangerous materials and technologies. With this regard it is necessary to use in full the potential of Commission on Azerbaijan-NATO co-operation.

  Declaring its readines to participate in peaceful operation under NATO command in Kosovo, Azerbaijan gave clear and obvious signal on its intentions which should be supported by NATO.

  In the context of the process of the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict special interest is caused by peacemaking resources of NATO within forming in practice the concept of peacekeeping operations under NATO command.

  At present Azerbaijan signed Agreements with NATO member-states and other countries, participants to PFP Program, in connection with status of their military forces and also, Additional Protocol to the Agreement. In the nearest time this document is going to be presented for ratification to Milli Mejlis.

  Deliberate limited co-operation by Armenia with NATO due to its anti-Turkey policy, bilateral military-strategic union with Russia and participation in the Treaty on collective security should not limit NATO in its relations with Azerbaijan.

July 1999

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