Bucharest, December 14, AZERTAC
The 33rd meeting of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Council of Foreign Ministers took place in Bucharest. The meeting was chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Lazar Comanescu. Briefing the participants on work done during Romania’s BSEC presidency, he outlined the need for more productive activity of the organization and its associated bodies. The Minister said BSEC is a favorable platform for the development of ties.Secretary General of BSEC Permanent International Secretariat Michael Kristides introduced the report on progress in the second half of 2015. In his speech, he also stressed the importance of increasing the organization's activity in the background of political processes and the economic crisis.Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mahmud Mammadguliyev said Azerbaijan praised the work carried out during the presidency of Romania in BSEC. He stressed that the armed conflicts that have arisen in the region as a result of unfounded territorial claims of certain countries impede the expansion of economic relations. Mammadguliyev pointed out that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and ethnic cleansing committed by Armenia led to a lack of economic relations between Azerbaijan and this country. From this perspective, Mammadguliyev stressed that Armenia, which ignores the resolutions of international organizations, continues its occupation policy and takes non-constructive position in the negotiation process.