Baku – APA. Lord Howard Flight, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party with special responsibility for relations with the City of London, expressed his opinion answering questions from The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), on the issues – TAP, British investments on Azerbaijani economy, Azerbaijan’s participation on international peace keeping missions, Azerbaijan taking on the UN Security Council Presidency, as well as the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, APA reports.
“The new TAP gas pipeline is clearly of huge strategic importance and should increase greatly Azerbaijan’s importance to Western Europe and it will also contribute to the development of EU’s energy security.
In the first quarter of 2013 the UK accounted for 44.1 per cent of Foreign Direct Investment in Azerbaijan, making it the largest foreign investor. I am pleased to note that the UK is the largest foreign direct investor in Azerbaijan and this should clearly be of importance to the UK stance towards Azerbaijan.
The fact that Azerbaijan has supplied troops for peace keeping operations in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan should also be much better known in the West and the West should recognize this more publicly.
Next month Azerbaijan taking on the UN Security Council Presidency is important and should give Azerbaijan the opportunity to make better known in the global world. To the extent Azerbaijan handles the Presidency well, this should also make Azerbaijan better known and increase its reputation.
It is clearly more than time for the UN Security Council Resolutions affirming Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and requiring Armenian withdrawal are implemented,” said Lord Flight.