On the second dayof her official visit to Azerbaijan, Turkish prime minister TansuCiller signed documents on postponing from 1995 until 1997 therepayment of Turkey´s 1990 loan to Azerbaijan of $250 million.Azerbaijan´s deputy prime minister Samed Sadykov told InterfaxJuly 11 that Azerbaijan seeks Turkish investments to overhaulits oil refineries and gas wells. Ciller said that Turkey andAzerbaijan agree that Azerbaijani oil should be pumped to theWest across Turkey and that the planned Eurasian Highway fromCentral Asia to Turkey should run through Baku. Azerbaijani PresidentHeydar Aliyev said that the Karabakh conflict topped the politicalagenda of his talks with Ciller. He sought and received assurancesthat Ankara will continue to support Azerbaijan´s positionin pursuing a political settlement under OSCE auspices. The Turkishnewspaper Hurriyet on July 12 said that Aliyev had pressed Cillerto take responsibility for Nakhichevan, the noncontiguous regionof Azerbaijan now isolated by Armenian forces.
Tajikistan Situation Deteriorating.