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Political Background Discussion with Elmar Mammadyarov

Berlin, June 29, 2010

Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, met with members of the German Bundestag, representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the recent developments of the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Azerbaijan’s strategic importance with regard to European energy security was also discussed.

Mammadyarov said that respect for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan was one of the central demands of its foreign policy. However, this did not exclude the idea that it might be possible to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Mammadyarov stressed that greater EU involvement in this process would be welcomed. The ensuing discussion focused on Azerbaijan’s energy policy.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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