Azeri Refugees to Get Housing


BAKU (Itar-Tass)–Azeri President Ilham Aliyev signed an executive order Wednesday–on improving social and living conditions of about 4,000 people displaced from Aghdam and other regions as a result of the Mountainous Karabagh conflict.

According to the order–settlemen’s will be built on locations where the refugees are currently living–"?until occupied Azerbaijani lands are released and forcibly displaced people return to their native lands."

New settlemen’s supplied with electric power–water–educational–medical–and other necessary social and technical infrastructure will be constructed in the Aghdam region for 3674 refugee families from that region; on the territory of Ashagi and Yukhari Agjakand settlemen’s of Goranboy region for 149 refugee families from the Kelbajar region; and on Lachin winter quarters located on the territory of Agjabadi region for 37 refugee families from the Lachin region.

Headed by Vice-Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on Refugees and Forced Migran’s Ali Gasanov–a state commission has been set up to ensure the implementation of the order.

The commission will oversee the designing and construction of such settlemen’s for refugees. All work will be financed from the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan–which has more than 800 million US dollars.

Meeting on Wednesday with an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation headed by Goran Lennmarker–Aliyev expressed regret that the OSCE Minsk Group has not proposed an acceptable solution to the Karabagh conflict–reported Azerbaijan’s ANS TV. In an interview with "Izvestya" published the same day–Aliyev stressed that any solution to the conflict must provide for the liberation of territory currently occupied by Armenian forces and preserve Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.


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