OSCE MG cochairs may return to Baku from Yerevan - UPDATE (Video)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 27 February 2009 19:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 27 /Тrend News, E.Rustamov/

The OSCE Minsk Group cochairs may return to Baku after the March 3 visit to Yerevan, U.S. cochair Matthew Bryza told journalists in the Baku airport on Feb 27.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

OSCE MG cochairs Matthew Bryza (the U.S.), Bernard Fassier (France) and Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia) held talks today in Baku. They offered their ideas on how to resolve disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Bryza told Trend . Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the diplomats.

The cochairs left for Khankandi then to negotiate in Yerevan.

"Today we had a constructive dialogue with the President and Foreign Minister. I think we will make progress if the mood is maintained in Yerevan. Each side has its own position. If we find a common language in Yerevan, we will return here," said Bryza.

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