Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr.E.Huseynli / The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan is not satisfied with the performance of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is regulating the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh. "The OSCE Minsk Group should reinforce its measures on the issue. The current performance on the matter does not satisfy us," Safar Abiyev, the Azerbaijani defense Minister, said during a meeting with Daniel Shambon, the accredited military attache of the French Armed Forces.
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 active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
During the meeting Abiyev noted that military cooperation between France and Azerbaijan should be reinforced.