UNSETTLED KARABAKH CONFLICT POSES A THREAT TO SECURITY OF EUROPE: DEPUTY FM

news.az
Dec 1 2009
Azerbaijan

Araz Azimov Azerbaijani-British political consultations were held in
London last week, says the news service for the Azerbaijani Foreign
Ministry.

Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov partaking in the consultations
met with a number of British officials and discussed bilateral
relations, issues of regional security, transnational crime, drug
smuggling, exchange of information. The sides also considered issues
of cooperation in energy and nonoil sector and interaction within the
framework of international organizations and assessed prospects of
developing these ties. The meeting participants voiced satisfaction
with the state of Azerbaijani-British relations and viewed possibility
of boosting ties in separate spheres.

During the negotiations, the sides also touched upon the resolution of
the Karabakh conflict, in particular, state of the negotiation process.

Azimov also met with members of the Great Britain-Azerbaijan
interparliamentary group and attended a high-level international
conference on "South Caucasus and expanded Black Sea neighborhoods:
Trends of regional development and Euro-Atlantic integration" organized
by the British Foreign Ministry. While speaking during the conference,
Azimov stressed importance of settling regional conflicts within
the framework of the territorial integrity of the states and said
Karabakh conflict poses a threat to security of not only the South
Caucasus but also Europe.