Aliyev Discusses with Rybkin Russian Arms in Armenia

BAKU (Itar-Tass)–Russia’s delay of a final statement on arms supplies to Armenia discourages Azeri trust of Russia–Azeri President Haydar Aliyev said on Friday.

The Russian leadership is quite capable of solving this issue without setting up any ad hoc commissions–Aliyev said during his meeting with Russia’s Acting Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Rybkin.

A decision to set up a trilateral commission to investigate reports on Russian weapons deliveries to Armenia was taken during Aliyev’s visit to Moscow last year. Although–according to officials in Baku–the commission’s activity has brought about practically no results.

Weapons in the sum of about a billion US dollars have remained in Armenia ever since they were supplied in 1993-1996 and despite Azerbaijan’s persistent deman’s to take them back to Russia–Aliyev said stressing that the Azeri side has documen’s which provide sufficient evidence of these deliveries.

Touching on the issue of Russian military bases in Georgia and Armenia–Aliyev said that his country–which neighbors these Transcaucasian countries–strongly objects to those military bases.

Aliyev also voiced criticism of the activity of the CIS to "silently observing" a continuous armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

This is "abnormal," he said adding that the Commonwealth could have exerted more active efforts to settle this problem.

Aliyev voiced his intention to attend a CIS summit in Moscow in late April.

Aliyev said CIS member countries should pool efforts to clear the union of deficiencies and raise its efficacy while aiming to secure the interests of each and every member.

Rybkin had two-hour talks with Prime Minister Artur Rasidze earlier in the day which he described as "substantial and constructive."


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