Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Ambassador Bernard Fassier of France; Ambassador Robert Bradtke of the United States; Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation met Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Venice June 4 and discussed the current stage of negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the OSCE Minsk Group reported.
As they did in their May 12 meeting in Brussels with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, the Co-Chairs also assessed next steps in the near future to restore momentum to the peace process.
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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