Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Affairs, chairman of the Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance Ali Hasanov has met Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Renate Held.
They discussed the work carried out under projects of IOM Azerbaijan Office, and the ways of developing the bilateral cooperation in the field of migration.
Mr. Hasanov said the Azerbaijani government attaches special importance to its relationship with IOM.
“Azerbaijan benefited from the experience of IOM to build a national legal framework for solving the migration problem after restoring its independence. The Azerbaijani government is interested in developing the cooperation with IOM.”
He also highlighted the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the problems of more than a million refugees and IDPs. “The fact that the resolutions adopted by leading international organizations urging the settlement of the conflict still remain unfulfilled demonstrates a double standard and undemocratic approach by international powers,” he said.
Ms. Held said Azerbaijan has achieved considerable success despite the occupation of 20 percent of its lands and the existence of more than a million refugees and IDPs.
She said IOM puts special emphasis on its cooperation with Azerbaijan.