Armenia, Azerbaijan Demonstrate Constructive Spirit in Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: OSCE MG Co-chairs
Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 September / corr Trend R.Novruzov / The OSCE Minsk Minks Group notes the constructive spirit and a desire by the parties to invigorate the negotiating process on resolution of Armenian їAzerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
This round of meetings between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in New York reflected a particularly constructive spirit and a desire by the parties to invigorate the negotiating process,ї statement issued by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the results of a meeting of foreign ministers of the conflicting sides reads.
The Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov visited New York to talk with his Armenian counterpart and OSCE Co-Chairs. Furthermore, Elmar Mammadyarov had a vis-a-vis talks with Armeniaїs Edward Nalbandian. The sides discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijanїs lands including Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding seven regions. The occupation began in 1988. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakhїs 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.
The Co-Chairs reiterated the position of their governments and the OSCE that there can be no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he statement said.
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