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Topic - Heydar Aliyev
The U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan was diplomatic but firm in a post-election interview in the former Soviet republic, which has been dominated by a father-son regime widely criticized as autocratic but widely courted as a pro-Western nation with vast energy resources.
"We want to be constructive and to work with Azerbaijan to further develop its democracy and its economy," he said. "We want Azerbaijan to become a great country, which I think it has the potential to be."
"We have constantly raised the arrests with government officials. We will continue to do so, and we certainly urge the government to be transparent, to follow due process, and to carry out a fair judicial process," he said.