|Updated: 22-Nov-2002||NATO Speeches|
22 Nov. 2002
by H.E. Mr. Heydar Aliyev
World nowadays is going through an extremely complex situation. International
terrorism, backed up by some states, poses a challenge to the global law
and order, tries to set up new confrontation lines on the basis of the
ideology of extremism, aggressive nationalism and militant separatism,
aspires to carry out new revision of borders.
International system is under a serious test of the ability to effectively
counter this common menace. Right after the tragedy of 11 September the
Euro-Atlantic community has set up the anti-terror coalition that Azerbaijan
joined from day one. Today, in cooperation with other countries and international
organizations, we continue to do our utmost to counter these threats.
Their nature and scale render all, including geographical, limitations
for joint and comprehensive fight within the NATO/EAPC framework irrelevant.
However, the threat had been there even before 11 September. Hotbeds
of terrorism and organized crime linked with it are shaped in conflict
zones and in the territories uncontrolled by legitimate authorities as
a result of wars triggered by the policies of aggressive nationalism and
violent separatism. The region of South Caucasus is the most vulnerable
in this regard.
Waging an implacable fight against international terrorism and extremism,
Azerbaijan directs its main efforts towards the goal of liberating of
its territories from Armenian occupation, restoring law and order there.
Resolution of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh meets
the interests of all states of the Euro-Atlantic partnership. While it
is not late, international community must undertake all possible efforts
to achieve peaceful settlement of the conflict on the basis of full restoration
of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in accordance with
the norms and principles of international law. ,
Azerbaijan, considering Partnership with NATO as the basis of future
Euro-Atlantic security system, aspires to integrational partnership and
intensified bilateral dialogue with the Alliance. Here I would like to
emphasize the increased interdependency between Members of the Alliance
and Partners as well as the need to take better account of Partners' interests
We note increased attention on the part of NATO toward South Caucasus.
However, any regional initiatives and proposals must, in the first place,
be aimed at the liquidation of consequences of wars and restoration of
internationally recognized borders between states.
We note with satisfaction the evolution of new relationship between NATO
and Russia that could have considerable significance in elimination of
crises in various regions of Europe.
I congratulate states that have been invited to join the Alliance, and
note the commitment of NATO to the open door policy.
Goals ahead of us demand tremendous efforts. However, we ought not back
off and must always keep in mind our solemn duty - to leave after us a
secure and stable world for next generations.
Thank you for your attention.