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Agreement on strategic partnership and allied relations between the Azerbaijan Republic and Republic of Kazakhstan

of May 24, 2005

The Azerbaijan Republic and the Republic of Kazakhstan which further are referred to as with High contracting parties

relying on historically developed bonds, friendship and traditions of kind communication between their people,

considering that strengthening brotherly, friendly and good-neighbourhood between High contracting parties is equitable to radical interests of the people of both states, serves case of maintenance of international peace and safety,

confirming the commitment to the purposes and the principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final act and other documents accepted within Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

confirming the determination to comprehensively strengthen the interstate relations on the basis of the principles of mutual respect of their state sovereignty and independence, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, non-interference to internal affairs of each other, peaceful resolution of disputes, respect of the rights and fundamental freedoms of the person, fair accomplishment of obligations, and also other universally recognized norms of international law,

considering necessary deepening of economic cooperation of two countries, creating favorable conditions for its further development, establishment of direct connections between business entities of all patterns of ownership,

with the purpose to give in the 21st century new quality to bilateral cooperation in political, economic, it is scientific - technical, ecological, information, humanitarian, cultural and other areas and to strengthen its legal base,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

High contracting parties build the relations on the basis of equality, mutual trust, strategic partnership and full cooperation.

Article 2

High contracting parties confirm obligations to abstain from use of force or threat of force the interstate relations, not enter into the military alliances or take part in any groups of the states, and also in the actions directed against other High contracting party.

In case of situation which according to one and High contracting parties represents threat of armed attack from the third states High contracting parties without delay will hold the corresponding consultations with each other both on bilateral basis, and within the international organizations which members they are, for the purpose of taking measures promoting its peaceful settlement.

High contracting parties not allow use of the territory, system of communications and other infrastructure by the third states for the purpose of preparation or implementation of the armed aggression or other hostile activities against other High contracting party.

Article 3

High contracting parties interact for the purpose of strengthening of the world, increase in stability and safety in the region.

High contracting parties, confirming inadmissibility of use of force or threat of its application in the interstate relations, recognize inviolability of frontiers.

High contracting parties give each other full support and mutual aid in questions of prevention of threat of their independence, to sovereignty, territorial integrity.

Article 4

High contracting parties expand cooperation and contacts within the international organizations, hold consultations for review of the line items on the questions which are of mutual interest.

High contracting parties promote strengthening of collective security, and also strengthening of peacekeeping role of the UN, OSCE and increase in efficiency of mechanisms of settlement of the regional conflicts and other situations infringing on interests

High Contracting Parties, coordinate the line items in these areas for the purpose of implementation in need of collateral or coordinated actions.

High contracting parties make efforts for assistance to settlement of the regional conflicts on the basis of the universally recognized norms of international law and first of all observance and ensuring sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders of the states.

Article 5

Each of High contracting parties provides to the citizens of other High contracting party living in its territory irrespective of their national identity, religion or other distinctions, the right and freedom on the same bases and in the same amount, as well as to own citizens, except as specified, of the High contracting parties connected with belonging to nationality.

High contracting parties will sign the free standing agreements necessary for ensuring protection of the rights of the citizens living in the territory of other High contracting party.

Article 6

High contracting parties will take necessary measures for providing concerning each other of most favored nation treatment or national treatment in all areas of economic cooperation and do not take the measures directed to deterioration in conditions on implementation of this cooperation.

Each of High contracting parties beforehand informs other High contracting party on economic decisions which can affect its rights and legitimate interests and abstains from implementation of the measures destabilizing economic situation of other High contracting party.

Article 7

High contracting parties promote development and strengthening of bilateral trade and economic relations, bonds in the field of science, culture, education, health care, technologies, ecology and environmental protection taking into account long-term perspectives and on mutually advantageous conditions.

For this purpose High contracting parties will create necessary legal, economic, financial and trade conditions for gradual transition to free movement of goods, services and the capital between both countries.

High contracting parties strengthen cooperation, first of all in the field of the industry, environmental protection, agricultural industry, transport, tourism, communication, telecommunications and power.

Article 8

High contracting parties pay special attention to development of cooperation in the field of management of systems of power, transport, information science and communication, including satellite communication and telecommunications, promoting development in these areas of complexes and single systems.

High contracting parties will support creation of reliable and safe export routes which can be used for the delivery of oil and gas extracted in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Azerbaijan Republic to the international markets and, in this regard, continue common efforts on increase in efficiency of oil and gas transport systems.

Article 9

High contracting parties guarantee mutual providing in the territories of the states of favorable conditions for transportation and freedom of transit of their passengers and all types of loads automobile, railway, air, pipeline and other modes of transport and abstain from taking measures, the adverse conditions directed to creation for cooperation in the specified areas.

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