OSCE Cancels Monitoring of Troops Contact Line
Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 June / Trend corr G. Jabiyev/ According to the mandate of the personal representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office, the monitoring of the troops contact line nearby Mazamli village in Gazakh region of Azerbaijan planned to be held on 3 May will not take place, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry reported to Trend .
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.
For the preservation of ceasefire, OSCE regularly monitors the troops contact line.
The Ministry reported that before the monitoring, which was scheduled for today, a briefing was held at the Gazakh Administration. The assistants to the personal representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office were informed of all the events taking place at the front line. They decided to cancel the monitoring.