Nagorno-Karabakh Talks to be Held in 3+3 Format: U.S. Co-chair
Azerbaijan, Baku, 31 October / Trend corr. A.Gasimova/ The negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be held in 3+3 format. The meeting of the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian Presidents to take place in Moscow on 2 November will involve the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group from Russia, France and the United States, U.S. co-chair Matthew Bryza said to Trend from Istanbul in a telephone conversation on 31 October.
The co-chairs will arrive in Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev, who initiated the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders.
The Foreign Ministers of the three countries are meeting in Moscow today.
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 countries keep on peace negotiating. OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by USA, Russia, France is engaged in peace settling of the conflict.
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