Aliev Confronts Ordway on Congressional Letter to Ghoukassian

–Ordway reassures Aliev that the US has no intention to recognize NKR as independent state.

–"I am not worried. I know G. Bush won’t recognize the independence of Nagorno Karabagh–but I know that US Congress has great influence on American Policy" -Heydar Aliev

BAKU (ANS)–President Aliev of Azerbaijan confronted US ambassador to Armenia John Ordway (who is on a fact-finding trip to Azerbaijan)–about the October 24 Congressional letter sent to President Arkady Ghoukassian congratulating his successful re-election bid. The letter "enthusiastically applauds the manner in which [the] government conducted the election process. . . these elections clearly underscore the de facto independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic." Signed by 46 Congressmen–the letter states that over the past eleven years Nagorno Karabagh has held successful presidential–parliamentary and local elections: "The elected governmen’s have fulfilled their prescribed roles–creating constitutional laws–providing basic social services–and mobilizing an army to secure the safety of its citizens," explain the signatories.

Ordway responded that Washington is aware of Baku’s position on Nagorno Karabagh–and said– "We have always done our best to solve this problem and will try every effort in the future." Aliev conveyed that unfulfilled promises by his government have created differing thoughts and moods in society. Aliev expressed discontent that although no states recognize the independence of Nagorno Karabagh–individuals visiting there proclaim its independence.

Ordway said that the US and Bush don’t intended to recognize the independence of Nagorno Karabagh and told Aliev not to worry. Aliev’s reply was "I am not worried. I know G. Bush won’t recognize the independence of Nagorno Karabagh–but I know that US Congress has great influence on American Policy and [as a result] the President could not abolish the 907 amendment [Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act] since Congress opposed it."

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