Thursday, February 09, 2006


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 8. ARMINFO. Azerbaijani mass media disfigured the statement of the WCO (World Customs Organization) Secretary General Michel Danet and interpreted it to their benefit.

Last week 'Realniy Azerbaijan' on-line newspaper reported the statement of Mr. Danet: 'a part of the territory of Azerbaijan has been occupied by another state, and Azerbaijan can prevent growing drugs on the occupied territories by means of either diplomacy or military'. Mr. Danet allegedly stated that 'Azerbaijan has handed him documents proving that occupied territories are used for growing and transiting drugs'.

The Foreign Ministry of Armenia reports that in connection with the Azerbaijani publication, Armenian Embassy in Bruxelles addressed Michel Danet to comment the statements. In his written answer, February 7, Mr. Danet refuted the statements published by 'Realniy Azerbaijan'. According to the letter, on the press conference in Baku Mr. Danet was asked numerous questions about Nagorno-Karabakh, and to that he answered that WCO is not a political organization and that political matters must be considered by the authorities of the states. Mr. Danet adds that WCO has over 169 member-countries and he has never commented on the political situation in those states.

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