Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.11
By Nigar Guliyeva - Trend:
Italy will support the work of the OSCE Minsk Group to find a definitive solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ,OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Jan.11.
"Our attention will remain high and unchanged on all of the protracted conflicts," he added.
The minister noted that as the 2018 OSCE Chair, Italy intends to intensify the dialogue between the OSCE countries within the framework of the OSCE chairmanship, which is one of the key principles.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.