Great Britain supports territorial integrity of Azerbaijan at int'l level: Ambassador

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 11 June 2009 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 11 / Trend , A.Huseyinbala/

Great Britain supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan at the international level and is in favor of resolution of conflict within the framework of international law, said British Ambassador in Azerbaijan Caroline Brown said during his visit to Tovuz region of the country. The diplomat also visited the village, located on the contact line of troops of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Brown, who visited Tovuz region at the initiative of deputy Ganira Pashayeva, visited graves of martyrs and the mosque. The diplomat met with Tovuz region administration officials and deputies. The ambassador was informed about the history of Tovuz, its economic potential and business. The possibility of investment by foreign businessmen in the sphere of agricultural products in Tovuz, extension of cooperation with local entrepreneurs in this field was also stressed.

Guests visited the villages of Agdam and Alibeyli village in Tovuz, located on the border with Armenia. Ambassador met with local residents and they informed her about the burning of the cemetery and fire, committed by Armenians on the front, and other acts of vandalism. The civilian population, who are engaged in agriculture, is under fire opened by Armenians. The Ambassador also visited the homes and schools that were damaged as the result of violation of ceasefire by Armenians. The ambassador spoke to civilians, who were injured during working on fields as a result of fire, opened by Armenian snipers.

Brown expressed regret that many countries, including Western, do not know the truth about this conflict and the situation on the contact line.

"Sometimes people call this conflict is frozen. Indeed, the phrase "frozen conflict" is not appropriate when you see people with shrapnel in the body, civilians who can not safely walk down the streets. UK calls this not as "frozen conflict" but the war, which has not been resolved. My country has repeatedly stated that recognizes the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. We are absolutely know where start and end boundaries of countries in the region ", Brown said.

As for the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the ambassador said that her country supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan at the international level and is in favor of solving the problem within the framework of international law.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Brown also met with women activists in Tovuz, NGO representatives, as well as with students and teachers. Students asked questions about the occupation policy of Armenia. Tovuz residents presented to Ambassador saz (national music instrument) and kelagai (silk scarf). The Ambassador also visited the Baltika factory in Tovuz and acquainted with local production. Brown visited a local TV channel Simurq-M, met with its team and together with the deputy Ganira Pashayeva answered questions on air.

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