Armenian Authorities Must Take Essential Steps to Extend Armistice – Defence Minister
"The Armenian authorities must take all the necessary steps to continue the armistice," Armenian Defence Minister Seyran Oganyan said at the Armenian Parliament on 13 May, ArmInfo reported.
According to Oganyan, the authorities are doing their best to give a logic end to this issue.
"The issue must be solved only in a peaceful manner," he said adding that no aggravation at the troop contact line has been reported.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven surrounding regions. 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, but fruitless negotiations.
OSCE regularly monitors the troops contact line for the protection of ceasefire.