To the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe His Excellency Mr. Walter Schwimmer - Baku, June 25, 1999

DearWalter Schwimmer!

I heartily congratulate you on your being elected Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

We attach great importance to expand relations with the Council of Europe, and highly appreciate the growing role of the Council of Europe in all European processes.

I hope that the imminent accession of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe will boost our collaboration, and will head integration of our country to the world community and restore peace in our region.

I wish you good health, happiness and success in your work.

Heydar Aliyev,
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.