From the conversation of the Azerbaijan President Heydar Aliyev at the meeting with President of Swiss Confederation Kaspar Villiger - New York, 2 February, 2002

Heydar Aliyev: I go to Davos when the World Economic Forum is held. Now this ‎forum is held in New York and I have come to New York. ‎

Kaspar Villiger: Mister President, several years ago we met you in Baku and in ‎Davos. I am very glad to meet you in New York. Each meeting with you creates ‎pleasant feelings. ‎

Dear President, it is pleasant to me to meet you here, but I would be very glad to ‎see you in Davos in the next year. ‎

Heydar Aliyev: I will come to Davos by all means. ‎

Kaspar Villiger: Mister President, I consider right to come to New York after ‎terrible tragedy on 11 September. ‎

Heydar Aliyev: I listened to your speech at opening ceremony of the World ‎Economic Forum. You were speaking perfectly. You noted very precisely the ‎important questions. I congratulate you on a good speech. In this speech you ‎showed a correct way to the World Economic Forum. The forum passes well. ‎Representatives of many countries of the world have come here.‎
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Kaspar Villiger: Mister President, thank you for the kind words about me. You ‎know, in our country - Switzerland - I am criticized that I have not accepted ‎necessary measures for holding the World economic forum in Davos. I consider ‎that it is necessary to work not for propagation, but for the solution of problems. ‎To my mind, we should try to solve the basic problems in New York too. Because ‎the main direction of the Davos World Economic Forum consists of that. ‎

We should always conduct a detailed exchange of opinions. If such events like the ‎Davos economic forum are not carried out, we should spend three months for ‎making a trip worldwide to meet with each other. ‎

Heydar Aliyev: Right. The Davos forum is really very important and significant ‎forum for the whole world. Therefore every year representatives of many countries ‎participate in a work of this forum. ‎

I am taking part in this forum for the third time. I have twice visited Davos for ‎participation in the World economic forum, and in third time arrived in New York. ‎I am very glad for the meeting and conversation with you. We met you both in ‎Baku, and in Davos. I met you when you were minister. I remember, two years ago ‎when we met in Baku, you said that you would become the president of ‎Switzerland after two years, and we would meet you in Davos. You see, your ‎words became reality. After two years, that is now, you are the president and we ‎meet. ‎

Kaspar Villinger: Mister President, you know, in our country becoming a president ‎does not require special skill. In our country there are only 7 ministers. These 7 ‎ministers become presidents in turn. I was already the president in 1995, that is, ‎now I am already holding this post for the second time. But this time I will hold a ‎post of the president only for one year. ‎

Heydar Aliyev: Anyway, you are the president now. And how you became the ‎president has no particular importance. You told me that you would become the ‎president, but I thing it is also necessary to live for this purpose. ‎

I would like to show you the book about Davos. You see how much significance ‎we attach to Davos. This book is called "Davos: horizons of global economy". ‎Look, there is a picture of our meeting here. ‎

Kaspar Villinger: It seems to me that I have a little changed. ‎

Heydar Aliyev: No, you have not changed at all. I have changed but you have not.