The Huffington Post has published an article titled: “The UK must take a more pro-active stance on the Nagorno Karabakh issue”.
Written by Director of Faith Matters Fiyaz Mughal NGO, the article says: “Mention Azerbaijan and many will not have heard about the country in the UK or some may think that it is somewhere near Pakistan, since both ends with the same two letters. Mention oil and gas and others, in the know on energy resources, will be able to comment on Azerbaijan as a country which is strategically placed to provide these resources under a private sector boom that has firmly placed the country on the map of the Caucasus. Yet, few actually realise the importance of this country”, the author underlines.
According to the author, “Azerbaijan with its long running grievance over Nagorno Karabakh continues to feel that a part of its territorial sovereignty has been violated by the actions of Armenia. In 1992 scores of Azerbaijani civilians were killed in an Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. Military skirmishes continue to this day and even escalated more recently in July and August 2014 where President Putin had to intervene between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders, Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev. Yet, beyond the killings in Khojaly, the conflict has also created between five hundred thousand to one million refugees, most of them being Azerbaijani in ethnicity and such a dislocation of people has naturally created a deep grievance within many Azerbaijanis.
This is one of the reasons why Azerbaijan should be a key military geo-strategic partner in the Caucasus for the United Kingdom. Much like the heavy investment that the United Kingdom makes into Azerbaijan, of importance for the future are closer military and civic connections between the two countries.
Which is why the Nagorno Karabakh issue must be resolved and cannot be allowed to fester”.
“The time really is now for the United Kingdom to take a lead in brokering some form of agreement based on United Nations resolutions”, the article says.