Russia not determined which channel to be broadcasted in Azerbaijan

Russia not determined which channel to be broadcasted in Azerbaijan
# 11 June 2007 11:58 (UTC +04:00)
The working group set up for continuation of broadcasting of one of Russian TV channels in Azerbaijan is expected to meet soon, member of National Television and Radio Council, representative of the working group Gafar Jabiyev told the APA.
He said that due to the agreement reached between the working groups in Moscow on June 8, the next meeting is to take place within 10 days. The terms of both countries on broadcasting were debated at the weekend in Russian Culture and Mass Communications Ministry between the working groups. The delegation led by Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov underlined that the TV channels can be broadcasted only on parity and the opposite side accepted the proposal.
“The draft agreement is ready. The draft will be reviewed and debate at the next meeting,” he said.
Jabiyev said that Russian working group did not state whether to continue broadcasting of ORT or RTR.
“We offered RTR’s broadcasting in Azerbaijan and AzTV’s broadcasting in Russia equally, but the opposite side said that according to Russian legislation naming any channel will be violation of other channel’s rights. Therefore, we do not want to include any channel into the agreement to be signed between the governments. It should be determined in the second stage of negotiations,” he said.
National Television and Radio Council chief Nushiravan Maharramli told the APA that one of Russian TV channels will be suspended.
He said Azerbaijan has offered broadcasting AzTV in the Azerbaijani-inhabited Russian regions.
The council chief said that it would be better for the working groups to meet in Baku, as the last meeting took place in Moscow. /APA/