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British House of Lords member to visit Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 23 February 2010 15:30 (UTC +04:00)
A member of the British House of Lords and team leader for cooperation with countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia will visit Azerbaijan next month.
British House of Lords member to visit Azerbaijan

Kazakhstan, Astana, Feb. 23 / Trend K. Konyrova /

A member of the British House of Lords and team leader for cooperation with countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia will visit Azerbaijan next month.

During a press conference in Kazakstan on Tuesday he spoke about his intention to visit Baku.

According to him, Azerbaijan is a very important republic.

The purpose of his visit is to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and the results of Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev's visit to Baku. The fact that Saudabayev visited the Caucasus is very important for resolving the conflict, 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 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement in 1994.

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States- are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.

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