Baku, Azerbaijan, July 1
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is expected to monitor the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on July 2, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on July 1.
The monitoring will be held under the mandate of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, on the contact line located to the south-west from the village of Tapgaragoyunlu of Azerbaijan's Goranboy region, the ministry said.
On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be carried out by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk and field assistant Evgeny Sharov.
On the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Hristo Hristov, Peter Svedberg and Jiri Aberle.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Edited by S.I.