Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 12
By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:
Azerbaijan has handed over to the UK a list of the companies engaged in illegal activity on the territory of the Nagorno-Karabakh temporarily occupied by the Armenians.
The list was handed over by Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev to the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment Francis Maude within the framework of Azerbaijani-UK intergovernmental commission's meeting, which took place in London Feb. 12.
Mustafayev stressed inadmissibility of activity of the UK companies on the territory of the Nagorno-Karabakh and said that the UK government should take measures to prevent such actions.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
It was noted in the protocol that the UK doesn't recognize independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh and supports peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.
It should be noted that following the intergovernmental commission's meeting a protocol was signed, which provides for extension of cooperation between the two countries in economic, investment, trade, industrial, tourist, energy, education and cultural spheres.