Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend I.Alizade / The next monitoring of frontline troops near the village of Ashagi Eskipara in the Azerbaijan district of Gazakh commenced on 28 November, in compliance with a mandate from the special representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan reports.
Jaslan Nurtazin and Peter Key, field assistants to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office's special envoy, are in charge of monitoring the Azerbaijani side of the frontline. Field assistants Imre Palatinus and Antal Herdiks will carry out the monitoring on the Armenian side of the front, in the territory internationally recognized as Azerbaijani land.
Gazakh is located 520km west of Baku.
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.