Russian FM: OSCE MG co-chairs will visit region in late March-early April
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 11 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The work with the OSCE Minsk Group (MG) co-chairs is underway and they met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Next week they will meet with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said at a briefing in Moscow today, Vesti television channel reported.
"After the talks, the OSCE MG co-chairs plan to visit Baku and Yerevan in late March - early April to try to bring the sides' positions together on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution," he added.
According to him, Russia assesses the negotiations progress as normal. The parties discuss the updated version of the Madrid principles - the main points of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement submitted by the co-chairs.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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