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Chicago Sun Times newspaper publishes appeal of US Azeris Network

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Washington, January 18 AZERTAC

US based Chicago Sun Times newspaper has published an appeal by member of US Azeris Network Selma Deniz titled "Support Azerbaijan"

The appeal says: "Since restoration of its independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has grown to be one of America's most reliable allies. Since the outset of bilateral relations, US energy firms took interest in exploring energy resources of Azerbaijan. Upon signing of Deal of the Century on Sep. 20, 1994 large US energy firms incl. Amoco, Pennzoil, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Unocal jointly with Western partners took part in energy exploration, production and development of infrastructure.”

“A BTC oil pipeline built to ship Azeri oil to the Western markets was backed by the United States. As many diplomats note, this was "neither the Democratic nor Republican, but an American project." Cooperation between the United States and Azerbaijan deepened with realization of BTE gas pipeline and Southern Gas Corridor which will connect 3 gas pipelines to deliver Azeri gas to European markets by 2019. On April 2, 2014, during EU-U.S. Energy Council meeting, John Kerry noted the importance of SGC urging timely construction of the pipelines. In a statement in June, President Barack Obama reiterated the position of administration on supporting the SGC to bolster EU's energy security.”

“We must support our ally Azerbaijan and its partners, Georgia, Turkey and Israel, in their quest to positively shift the dynamics in the region by strengthening economic bonds with our allies in Europe," the appeal says.

Yusif Babanly

Washington

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