Ziya Mammadov: “Until Armenia liberates Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, it will not be able to use BTK”

Ziya Mammadov: “Until Armenia liberates Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, it will not be able to use BTK”
# 13 February 2013 11:52 (UTC +04:00)

According to APA’s Georgian bureau, the press conference was attended by member-countries of Eastern Partnership program.

The conference was opened by Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. Thereafter, the ministers of transport answered the questions of journalists. Azerbaijani Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov told journalists: “This project will connect Europe with Asia. This is a new project. After this important project, we will implement larger project by crossing through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. This is an automobile project that will stretch to London. This project was included as one of the 10 projects of America. Middle-East countries are also interested in the project”.

“Because of winter, our specialists conduct preparatory works for continuation of the construction. The construction of railway will continue when as soon as the weather is well. The problems on the projects are resolved by the heads of three countries. This project is supported by Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia. We’ll hold meeting of Coordination Council wit Georgia. We’ll fix additional budget for construction and submit to the state for financing”.

Answering the question “Can Armenia use BTK project after launch of it?”, Armenian Deputy Minister of Transport Artash Avetisyan noted: “We’ll use this railway as soon as possible”.

Azerbaijani Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov commented: “This project is constructed by initiative and budget of Azerbaijan. Until Armenia liberates Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, it will not be able to use BTK. This can be realized by agreement of the three countries”.

Commenting on efforts of Armenians on launch of Khojaly Airport, EC Vice-President, European Commissioner for Transport Issues Siim Kallas noted that EU has not any relation to it.

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