OSCE to monitor contact line between Azerbaijani, Armenian armies

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 27 April 2009 11:03 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Barda, April 27 / Trend , K. Zarbaliyeva/

Monitoring will be held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces near Kokha Nabi village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz region on April 29. The monitoring will be held under a mandate of the OSCE chairman special envoy.

The monitoring will be held on the Azerbaijani side by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative field assistants Pieter Ki and Irji Aberli.

The monitoring will be held on the opposite side, which the international community recognizes as Azerbaijani territory, by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk's field assistants Imre Palatinus, Vladimir Chountulov and Jaslan Nurtazin.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

The OSCE regularly holds monitoring on troop's contact line to secure ceasefire.

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