Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 18 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement is of vital interest for the region and Europe, British Minister of State for Europe David Lidington said at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on September 18, Armenia Today reported.
"Great Britain wants the peace process within the OSCE Minsk Group to restore peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan," he said
Lidington said that the conflict settlement is in the interest of Great Britain. "The fact that Azerbaijan has significant British commercial interests means that Great Britain has an obvious interest to promote peaceful reconciliation and stability in the South Caucasus," he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven 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 peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.