Azerbaijan, Baku, November 13/ Trend , corr A. Badalova/ "The co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group on the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict hope that Azerbaijan's occupied lands will be returned.
"We hope that Azerbaijan's occupied lands will be returned to this country," Matthew Bryza, US co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group said to journalists in Baku on November 13.
"Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia should find a common ground on this issue. Today there is confidence and respect between Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia," Bryza said.
Concerning Turkey's mediation on settlement of conflict, Bryza said Turkey is a member of Minsk group, but not co-chairman. "Turkey is a very important country. It is NATO ally and it should play an important role in Caucasus which is happening at the moment," he added.
Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijan's territory - Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding 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-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.
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