OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs to Visit Azerbaijan and Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 February / corr Trend K.Ramazanova / The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs involved in the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh will visit Azerbaijan and Armenia in April, Araz Azimov, the Azerbaijani deputy foreign minister, said in talks with journalists on 28 February.
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.