Lithuania interested in linking with Azerbaijan in power engineering (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 2 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Lithuania is interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan in power engineering and in particular energy security, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis said at a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku today.
"Negotiations on this issue are being conducted with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) in Baku," the Minister said.
Besides power engineering, Lithuania also plans to significantly expand economic and political cooperation with Azerbaijan, Azubalis said. The EU is a good platform for this, he added.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister expressed regret that all parties have failed to reach the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement during his country's presidency in the OSCE. He stressed that Vilnius will continue making efforts to promote the peace process.
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.