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    YEREVAN, January 13. /RIA Novosti correspondent/. A delegation of the Armenian armed forces consisting of two officers and an interpreter will arrive in Baku Tuesday evening to take part in the first NATO exercise planning conference Cooperative Best Effort-2004, which opened today.

    Under the program endorsed earlier, Yerevan has informed the conference organizers about the departure of the Armenian participants for Baku.

    The Armenia delegation will try to get visas at Baku Airport because the Azerbaijani consulate in Tbilisi refused to issue visas to the Armenians without providing explanations, claims the press-service of the Armenian defense ministry.

    Cooperative Best Efort-2004 exercises will be held in Azerbaijan in September this year under NATO's Partnership for Peace program. It is expected that at these exercises Armenia will be represented by one section.

    In the summer of 2003, NATO exercises Cooperative Best Efort-2003, in which eight NATO member-countries and 11 partner-countries took part, were held in Armenia. An invitation had also been sent to Azerbaijan but Baku did not accept it.

    Relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia have been strained since 1990s due to the conflict over the former Azerbaijani autonomous entity - Nagorno-Karabakh, where the majority of the population were Armenians. At present, this is a self-proclaimed republic from where practically all the Azerbaijanis lived before they left.

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