YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I expect a lot from meetings with my Armenian and Georgian colleagues," Director of the information program of the Azeri "Space" TV company Fuad Babayev told Noyan Tapan. He stressed that time has come to establish bridges between the conflicting parties.
The Azeri journalist arrived in Yerevan to participate in a conference held under the "Support of the South Caucasian Mass Media" program sponsored by the Swiss Foreign Ministry. Participating in the program are mass media representatives from the three Transcaucasian states.
Despite being his first visit to Armenia–the Azeri journalist has already established contacts–including Presidential Spokesman Vahe Gabrielian–and the Noyan Tapan news agency. He said that interviews conducted in Yerevan’s streets also inspire such confidence. Answering the question: "What is your assessment of an Azeri journalist interviewing people in Yerevan’s streets?"–all–but four respondents–replied positively.
Babayev regretfully mentioned the difficulties the delegation encountered in crossing the Armenian-Georgian border. He said the officers made the members of the delegation wait four hours in the bus while checking documen’s.
Babayev also denied rumors that a negative attitude toward journalists who participate in joint meetings with their Armenian colleagues in Azerbaijan exists.