OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Consider Next Meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian Ministers: Russian Co-Chair
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 September / Trend corr. R.Novruzov / The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs consider the possibility for the next meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers.
Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, and Armenian's Eduard Nalbadyan may meet soon. No exact date has been announced, Yuriy Merzlakov, OSCE co-chair from Russia, told Trend via a telephone from Moscow.
"I have not been informed of the exact date of the meeting," Merzlakov said.
Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said to journalists that he waits for a proposal from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to meet with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbadyan.
At the latest meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs from Russia, France, and the US in August, the decision was made to implement the meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian ministers. However, we have not received any proposal from co-chairs so far," Mammadyarov said.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the control over Nagorno- Karabakh (excluding Shusha and Khojali) to December 1991. Shusha, Khojali and seven regions had been occupied. 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.
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