OSCE MG co-chair countries urge parties to Karabakh conflict to de-escalate tension

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Russian and U.S. ambassadors to Armenia, Ivan Volinkin and John Heffern, as well as France's Chargé d'Affaires Isabelle Guisnel met with head of Armenia's Presidential Administration Vigen Sargsyan on Aug.7, ARKA agency reported.

Sargsyan briefed the ambassadors about the current situation on the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies, according to the joint press release of the ambassadors of OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries.

"The ambassadors of OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries urged the parties to show restraint and de-escalate the tension, and expressed hope that the upcoming meeting of Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents in Sochi will contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict," the press release said.

The meeting of Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents will be held from Aug.8 to Aug.9 in Sochi, Russia.

During recent days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 13 servicemen have been killed, several more were wounded. Armenian side suffered more losses while trying to hide this fact from the public.

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 CN

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