Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General official visit    
Azerbaijan - 7 to 8 April 2004    

The Council of Europe and Azerbaijan
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Walter Schwimmer, Council of Europe Secretary General
Ilham Alyev, President of Azerbaijan


Presidency of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Parliament of Azerbaijan
Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer paid an official visit to Azerbaijan on 7 and 8 April. The discussions with top-level officials were devoted to co-operation between the Council of Europe and Azerbaijan, in particular as regards the reinforcement of the country's democratisation process and the final settlement of the political prisoners' issue.

Mr Schwimmer met the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Parliament, Murtuz Alaskarov and the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, Farkhad Abdullayev.

He also held talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Justice Fikrat Mammadov and Minister of the Interior Ramil Usubov.

The Secretary General also met with representatives of the opposition parties, the Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, the Ombudsperson, as well as with representatives of different religious confessions and of NGOs.

A press conference was held at 7 pm on 8 April, in the new Council of Europe Information Office: 39-41 Boyuk Gala Kuchasi, Icheri Sheher, Baku.

Can Fisek, Press Officer, Spokesperson and Press Division, Council of Europe
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