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Azerbaijani Minister Pays Rare Visit To Armenia For CIS Meeting

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

YEREVAN -- Azerbaijani Interior Minister Ramil Usubov has attended a meeting of his counterparts from other former Soviet republics in Yerevan in a rare visit to Armenia by an Azerbaijani government official, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Surrounded by tight security, Usubov could not be approached by journalists covering the session of the Council of Interior Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He also did not give a speech.

Armenian police chief Alik Sarkisian told journalists that he met with Usubov before the start of the session. "We did not discuss political issues, our structures are apolitical," he told PanArmenian.net.

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev praised the two men for not raising the touchy issue of the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh at the ministerial session.

"I am glad that this issue is not on the agenda of relations between Ramil Usubov and Alik Sarkisian," he said. "We do realize that there are issues that are directly dealt with by politicians."

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