Azerbaijan, Baku, March 31 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Monitoring was held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces March 31, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.
The monitoring on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces in the village Mezen of the Gazakh region of Azerbaijan proceeded without incident. From the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring was conducted by field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE chairman Imre Palatinus and Zhaslan Nurtazin.
The monitoring was conducted by field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman Vladimir Chountulov and Antal Herdich from the opposite side of the line of contact, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.
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.