Azerbaijan keen to hold meeting of FM of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries: first vice-speaker
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 20 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
Azerbaijan is interested in holding a meeting of the foreign ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries on resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"We have repeatedly offered to hold a meeting with foreign ministers of the three countries to discuss the future of the conflict. We do not even insist on holding this meeting in Azerbaijan. It may take place in one of three co-chairing countries or in a neutral territory," Azerbaijani parliamentary First Vice-Speaker Ziyafat Asgarov told journalists on Oct.20.
Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocol in Zurich on Oct. 10.
Armenian-Turkish ties have been severed since 1993 due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and the country's occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands.
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.
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