Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 January / Trend corr. К.Ramazanova / Bernard Fassier, the France Co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, stated that the time is necessary for both sides to value the proposals submitted to the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministries in December 2007.
"We explained the details of the proposals and listened to the first reactions from both sides," Fassier said during his visit to Baku from Yerevan. According to Fassier, the discussions in Yerevan and Khankandi were very constructive. "We are confident that there is a good possibility to continue our work," Fassier added.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988, due to the Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighbouring districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding the peaceful negotiations.