Date to be Coordinated for OSCE Co-Chairmen’s Visit to Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Region: American Diplomat

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 6 June 2008 17:13 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 June / corr. Trend A. Gasimova/ The visit of the OSCE Minks Group co-chairmen to the Armenian-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict region is fixed for the end of June, Mattew Bryza, the US co-chairmen of OSCE Minsk Group and deputy assistant to the US Secretary of State, said to Trend .

The visit is fixed for the end of June, but the exact date is not available as yet, Bryza said to Trend via electronic mail from St Petersburg.

The first meeting between Ilham Aliyev and Serj Sarkisyan, who was elected president of Armenia in February, was held in St Petersburg on 6 June. The meeting started with the participation of foreign ministers, but later shifted to tete-a-tete. The foreign minister of both countries held talks prior to the meeting of presidents

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.