OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to Visit Baku

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 22 October 2007 17:45 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Agayeva / OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on regulation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh would visit Baku on 26 October, Khazar Ibrahim, the press-secretary of the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said on 22 October.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Minister and co-chairs agreed upon the visit to the region in Paris. The co-chairs will hold meetings in the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan and negotiations with the Azerbaijani President.

First the co-chairs visit Armenia on 24 October.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.