Baku City Cir­cuit talks on forth­com­ing For­mula 1 races

Azer News - - Front Page - By Naila Huseynli

In­ter­est in the For­mula 1 races in­creases and a great in­ter­est to them is shown by both lo­cal res­i­dents and for­eign guests.

Head of the Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Depart­ment of the Baku City Cir­cuit (BCC), Ni­gar Ar­padarai re­ported that this year the sale of tick­ets is planned to be­gin ear­lier, that is, from the end of Oc­to­ber.

“This time, ticket sales for Azer­bai­jani cit­i­zens will also start with a dis­count cam­paign. The early sale of tick­ets is con­nected with the fact that for­eign­ers make their plans in ad­vance,” she ex­plained.

Ar­padarai also touched on the is­sue of con­tin­u­ing the race af­ter five-year preiod.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions are un­der­way on the ex­ten­sion of the races, but for how long they will be pro­longed, it is still un­known”, she added.

The head of the depart­ment said that start­ing from Novem­ber in­stal­la­tion works will be­gin.

Ear­lier, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Baku City Cir­cuit Arif Rahi­mov in­formed that Baku City Cir­cuit wants the race to be held in June, not in April.

“The prepa­ra­tion for the route takes three-four months. If the race takes place in April, this means that we must start these works in win­ter, and un­fa­vor­able weather, rains, a strong wind, and all this slows down the process. So, we def­i­nitely would like to move the time of the race for June. But first it is nec­es­sary to look at the cal­en­dar. I do not know what plans of the or­ga­niz­ers have for the cham­pi­onship for the next year, and how they are go­ing to com­pose them, but ide­ally we would like to hold the race in the sum­mer,” he added.

Thomas Greminger also held a meet­ing with Azer­bai­jan's For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov, dur­ing which the sides dis­cussed co­op­er­a­tion pro­grams.

Mam­mad­yarov un­der­scored the great sig­nif­i­cance that Azer­bai­jan at­taches to co­op­er­a­tion with the OSCE as a re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Not­ing the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of in­di­vis­i­bil­ity of se­cu­rity within the OSCE, he stated the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing that all Mem­ber States are com­mit­ted to their obli­ga­tions un­der the Helsinki Fi­nal Act.

In this re­gard, Mam­mad­yarov stressed that the Repub­lic of Ar­me­nia, grossly vi­o­lat­ing the com­mit­ments un­der­taken by the Helsinki Fi­nal Act as a mem­ber of the OSCE, con­tin­ues to use the force to oc­cupy the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion and ad­ja­cent re­gions of Azer­bai­jan.

The min­is­ter point­ing out that the OSCE, since its es­tab­lish­ment, was in­volved in the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan con­flict, noted ne­ces­sity of re­dou­bling the ef­forts to change the sta­tus quo of oc­cu­pa­tion and to en­sure with­drawal of armed forces of Ar­me­nia from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan.

Mam­mad­yarov added that the il­le­gal pres­ence of the armed forces of Ar­me­nia in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan con­sti­tutes the pri­mary threat to re­gional peace and se­cu­rity.

Re­call­ing that the rel­e­vant UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions and the Helsinki Fi­nal Act con­sti­tute the man­date of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, Mam­mad­yarov un­der­lined that Azer­bai­jan stands ready for sub­stan­tive and in­ten­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions to achieve progress in re­solv­ing the con­flict and en­sur­ing a last­ing and just peace in the re­gion.

He also briefed about the work done by Azer­bai­jan on fur­ther­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity, and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for a multi-modal trans­port in­fra­struc­ture cov­er­ing the re­gion and the ex­tended OSCE space. In this re­gard, the min­is­ter noted the East-West, North-South, South-West projects and the al­ready com­mis­sioned Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars rail­way route.

He added that these projects im­ple­mented with the par­tic­i­pa­tion and ini­tia­tive of Azer­bai­jan con­trib­ute to eco­nomic devel­op­ment and pros­per­ity in the OSCE area, as well as to the strength­en­ing of re­gional peace and se­cu­rity.

At the meet­ing the role of par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy as well as the co­op­er­a­tion with the OSCE Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly was also noted.

Speak­ing to re­porters later, Greminger said that OSCE Sup­ports Minsk Group's ac­tiv­i­ties on the set­tle­ment of Nagorno-Karabakh Con­flict.

The me­di­a­tors are mak­ing ef­forts to re­solve the con­flict, ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tary gen­eral.

Nev­er­the­less, the par­ties of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict should have po­lit­i­cal will in or­der to achieve progress, Greminger added.

He noted that the pur­pose of his visit to Baku is to study po­ten­tial for fur­ther devel­op­ment of re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the OSCE.

Azer­bai­jan as an ac­tive OSCE mem­ber makes an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the ac­tiv­i­ties of the in­sti­tu­tion, in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of di­a­logue and po­lit­i­cal, mil­i­tary is­sues, Greminger said adding that, OSCE highly ap­pre­ci­ates this and be­lieves that there is po­ten­tial for fur­ther devel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion.

He also in­formed that the next meet­ing of Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov with his Ar­me­nian coun­ter­part Zohrab Mnat­sakanyan may take place in the fourth week of Septem­ber in New York.

Ar­me­nia and Azer­bai­jan fought a lengthy war that ended with sign­ing of a frag­ile cease­fire in 1994. Since the war, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

Al­though the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only me­di­a­tor in res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict, the oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory of the sov­er­eign state with its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bound­aries has been left out of due at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for years.

Un­til now, Ar­me­nia ig­nores four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on im­me­di­ate with­drawal from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, thus keep­ing ten­sion high in the re­gion.

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