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    Azerbaijan Transnational Issues - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/azerbaijan/azerbaijan_issues.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Disputes - international:
      Armenia supports ethnic Armenian secessionists in Nagorno-Karabakh and since the early 1990s has militarily occupied 16% of Azerbaijan; over 800,000 mostly ethnic Azerbaijanis were driven from the occupied lands and Armenia; about 230,000 ethnic Armenians were driven from their homes in Azerbaijan into Armenia; Azerbaijan seeks transit route through Armenia to connect to Naxcivan exclave; Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) continues to mediate dispute; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia ratify Caspian seabed delimitation treaties based on equidistance, while Iran continues to insist on an even one-fifth allocation and challenges Azerbaijan's hydrocarbon exploration in disputed waters; bilateral talks continue with Turkmenistan on dividing the seabed and contested oilfields in the middle of the Caspian; Azerbaijan and Georgia continue to discuss the alignment of their boundary at certain crossing areas

      Refugees and internally displaced persons:
      refugees (country of origin): 8,367 (Russia)
      IDPs: 528,000 (conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh) (2005)

      Illicit drugs:
      limited illicit cultivation of cannabis and opium poppy, mostly for CIS consumption; small government eradication program; transit point for Southwest Asian opiates bound for Russia and to a lesser extent the rest of Europe


      NOTE: The information regarding Azerbaijan on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Azerbaijan Transnational Issues 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Azerbaijan Transnational Issues 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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