U.S. remains committed to Minsk Group co-chair format

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20

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The United States remains committed to the Minsk Group co-chair format, the U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick wrote on his Twitter page.

"It was useful to hear Turkish government's views on regional issues, including Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We remain committed to the Minsk Group co-chair format," he wrote on his page.

It should be noted that Warlick left for Turkish capital of Ankara on Feb. 17.

"Leaving today for Ankara. I look forward to hearing Turkey's views," Warlick wrote earlier on his Twitter page.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.

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