UK hopes meeting of Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents to be held on regular base
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
The United Kingdom welcomes the recent meeting of Azerbaijani president with his Armenian counterpart for discussion of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Foreign Minister of the UK, William Hague said at a press conference held on Dec. 17 in Baku.
"We encourage such meeting to take place on regular base," William Hague 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.