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Wednesday, 30 March 2005

An official visit of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Poland

On 30 March 2005, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and Mrs. Aliyeva arrived on an official visit to Poland, paid at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski. After an official welcome ceremony in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace, a private meeting was held between the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, following which the two Presidents assumed the chairmanship of plenary talks between the Polish and Azerbaijani delegations. After the plenary talks, a signing ceremony was held, in the course of which the following instruments were signed:
‘Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Defence Cooperation’,
‘Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Economic Cooperation’,
‘Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters’.
In the course of the ceremony, the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Poland, Jerzy Szmajdziński, handed over to the Defence Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan archival records documenting the service of Azerbaijani officers in the Polish Army of the Second Republic of Poland.
Subsequently, the Presidents met with the media and delivered statements. Addressing those present, the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, said, among other things:
 
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We welcome the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Aliyev, on his official visit to Poland. We have met on numerous occasions in recent years. I paid an official visit to Azerbaijan in 1999; Mr. Aliyev was here in Poland to attend the Economic Forum. He will be present at the Council of Europe Summit in two months’ time. We have had opportunities to meet at various other venues, too, and therefore we can say that relations between the Presidents are very intense, just like our relations at the government level. Poland very much appreciates the great transformations under way in Azerbaijan, both in terms of the country’s democratisation and in terms of economic growth as well as cooperation with organisations as important to us, the Polish people, as the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. We have pledged to give our full support to these forms of cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO and the European Union, and, even more importantly, to share our experiences so that this cooperation may be expanded, and that it may benefit both Azerbaijan and the European Union in the best possible way. We are--Poland is--interested in the planned large-scale projects that Azerbaijan has presented to the European Union, particularly those concerning oil and gas. There are advanced plans for transmission of petroleum, and later on also gas, from the Caspian Sea via Azerbaijan and Georgia on to Europe. We are discussing the possibility of including the pipeline of crucial importance to us, i.e. the Odessa-Brody-Gdańsk line, into these projects. It seems to be one of the most important planned economic and infrastructure projects that we have in Europe. I also wish to inform you that the agreements which we have signed today guarantee that economic cooperation between our two countries will expand, that we will settle customs issues, which will promote development and economic cooperation; that an agreement will be signed on cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises as well as letters of intent on collaboration in agriculture and on labour market cooperation. Please note that an agreement on defence cooperation has been signed. In June 2005, the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Jerzy Szmajdziński, will pay a visit to Azerbaijan. The friendly gesture that you have had the opportunity to observe was the handing over of the records kept in Polish archives and concerning Azeri officers who served in the Polish Army between the two world wars. We hope this gesture will also mark the establishment of good cooperation in the historical field, as it has turned out that in Azerbaijan, too, there are places where some Poles stayed after the January Insurrection of 1863-64. Accordingly, there is also space for interesting cooperation between specialised establishments concerned with historical studies.
I discussed the situation in the region with President Aliyev, the developments in the Caucasus, we talked about Nagorno-Karabakh, an issue of great importance to Azerbaijan, we talked about the developments in Ukraine and the recent developments in Kyrgyzstan. We have reviewed these issues, so our positions on these are known. I also wish to say that we are extremely pleased about two things that are very tangible elements of good Polish-Azeri cooperation. Since last year, we have had an Azerbaijani Embassy working here in Poland. It is not only that the Embassy is open; it has an outstanding Azeri politician at the helm, a former foreign minister, whose activities we very highly appreciate, Mr. Guliyev. On the other hand, we are glad that the Azerbaijani side thinks so highly of the activities of our representative at the OSCE, Mr. Kasprzyk, whom I would like to introduce to you, availing myself of this opportunity. For years, he has been trying to help the countries of the region in seeking the best possible solutions to difficult issues. So much for the summing up of our talks. Once again, welcome, Mr. President. We discussed Iraq as well, that is to say our military activity. For it so happens, Ladies and Gentlemen, that Polish and Azerbaijani troops are together in three places: in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. And I have obtained a declaration from President Aliyev that they will remain in Iraq, as part of the coalition forces, naturally, and we will operate there together as long as necessary.
The President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, and Mrs. Kwaśniewska hosted a dinner at the Presidential Palace in honour of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and Mrs. Aliyeva. In the course of the dinner, the Polish President and the Azerbaijani President proposed toasts.
 
 
 
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