Visit of Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, to José Manuel Barroso: joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 21 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
Following their meeting they held a joint press briefing. On this occasion, José Manuel Barroso stressed the great progress achieved on Southern gas Corridor which will strengthen Europe's energy security. He underlined that Azerbaijan is a very important partner for Europe, especially in the energy field.
The discussions also focused on the development of EU-Azerbaijan relations in the context of the Eastern Partnership.
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||Flags in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, arriving to the joint press briefing
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): President Aliyev confirmed to me that the Shah Deniz II Consortium will decide on the critical "European leg" of the Corridor next week, as foreseen, and choose between the two options; the one called "Nabucco-West" and the other called "Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)". This is as such a commercial decision for the consortium. But I would like to stress also that both Nabucco West and TAP are of strategic importance for the diversification of our gas supplies for our single energy market. I am therefore confident that both routes could ultimately be built, once we scale up the Southern Gas Corridor beyond the currently available gas with further resources. This can be a win-win situation. The most important message today is the following: the Southern Gas Corridor is not a theoretical project on the drawing board. It is about to be realized, to the benefit of all involved. It will bring initially 10 billion cubic meters to Europe by 2019, but we will not stop here. The Corridor could in the medium term cover more than 10% of our annual needs in Europe and thus contribute to our energy security, price stability, growth and jobs.
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||Soundbite by Ilham Aliyev (in ENGLISH): I am very glad that, after we signed with President Barroso in Baku in the beginning of 2011, the declaration of strategic cooperation in energy, we now see practical results that declaration played key role in implementation of the project of the gas corridor. I would like to express my gratitude to President Barroso and to his team for a very active involvement and coordination of this process. This project will create even stronger ties between Europe and Azerbaijan. It is a win-win situation. Azerbaijan will have a predictable market regulated in EU and EU will get alternative source of gas from Azerbaijan.
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||Soundbite by Ilham Aliyev (in ENGLISH): As Mister President mentioned we discussed the issues related to control resolution and we highly welcome the work of the EU Commission in this respect. Azerbaijan is the most interested party to the process because our land is under occupation, not only Nagorno-Karabakh but seven districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh are under Armenian occupation for more than 20 years. And we need to put an end to that.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): So when you look at the situation today in Azerbaijan, an independent sovereign country that we very much respect because of its independence and the situation where Azerbaijan was coming, we have to recognise, to be fair; huge progress in that country. That does not mean that all the standards are met according to our perception and from that point of view, we have a very good exchange with President Aliyev and with of course our partners in Azerbaijan. At the same time, we believe, I sincerely believe that the best way to deal with these matters is through positive engagement with openness on both sides, discussing the issue through all the means available in open manner.