Nagorno-Karabakh and Democracy to Become Major Subject of Talks of US Vice President in Azerbaijan

The peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, US support for efforts to strengthen democracy and rule of law in Azerbaijan where presidential elections are scheduled to be held in the near future will be major subject of talks of US Vice President Dick Cheney in Azerbaijan, a report by Administration of White House said.

Dick Cheney will visit Azerbaijan on 3 September within his tour to the South Caucasus region to begin on 2 September.

In addition to the discussion of recent events in Georgia, counterterrorism will also be discussed, a report by White House said.

" Azerbaijan has been an important partner in the war on terror, not only through its cooperation on counterterrorism, but in contributing troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The Vice President will express America's appreciation for that assistance," a report said.

The energy issues will also be discussed in Baku. "The importance of working with Azerbaijan to help its people develop their energy resources and reliably bring them to market is a very strong common interest, not just for the United States but for all the nations of Europe, as well, as they plan for their own energy futures," a report said.

[Source: Trend News, Baku, Azerbaijan, 30Aug08]

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