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OSCE Greek chairmanship makes statement on Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 2 December 2009 22:35 (UTC +04:00)
The Greek chairmanship of the OSCE made a statement on the process of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement on Dec. 2 as a result of the Athens meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers.
OSCE Greek chairmanship makes statement on Nagorno-Karabakh

Greece, Athens, December 2 / Trend , E.Huseynov /

The Greek chairmanship of the OSCE made a statement on the process of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement on Dec. 2 as a result of the Athens meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

The statement welcomes the joint statement adopted on Dec. 1 by the foreign ministers of France, Russia and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State - co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group and the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia. "We urge the sides to stable positive dynamics of negotiations and fully support them in peacefully resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, based on the Madrid document in order to immediately begin preparation of a comprehensive peace agreement.

The ministers once again declared their commitment to intensive work to resolve remaining questions and reach an agreement based particularly on the principles of the Helsinki Final Act on non-use of force, territorial integrity and the rights of peoples to self-determination. We believe that today there is a real possibility for future peace, stability and prosperity throughout the region," the statement said.

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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