Armenian defense minister receives OSCE chairperson-in-office special representative

Photo: Armenian defense minister receives OSCE chairperson-in-office special representative / Nagorno-karabakh conflict

Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has received the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Special Representative for South Caucasus, Angelo Gnaedinger, Armenia Today reported citing Armenia's Defense Ministry.

During the meeting, the parties touched upon the issues related to regional security, violation of ceasefire and the process of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within OSCE Minsk Group.

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.

Translated by L.Z.

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