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Press Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
August 22, 2000

Azerbaijan: Death of Former President Albufaz Elcibey

The United States extends its sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of President Elcibey and to all of the people of Azerbaijan at this time of national mourning. Albufaz Elcibey was an Azerbaijani patriot and committed political leader who fought hard for his beliefs, and became President of newly independent Azerbaijan from 1992-93. He will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Azerbaijanis for his profound influence on Azerbaijan and the role he played in securing its independence.

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